Last Month's Event
On July 18-20, 2014, FLMC Members, their guests and families gathered for our annual Get-Away Weekend at the Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada, Florida. We had great food, plenty of cocktails, dinner and dancing, and enjoyed each other’s company, while enjoying the fabulous resort venue. Below is a sampling of the fun! We hope you will join us next year for this great event.
Snapshot of Upcoming Events

September Luncheon ~ September 4, 2014 ~ BIMINI BOATYARD BAR & GRILL, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Comedy Night ~ September 13, 2014 ~ The Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre, Seminole Hard Rock
Hollywood, FL

October Luncheon ~ October 2, 2014 ~ TBD
FLMC Seminar Golf Tournament & Meet the Speakers Reception ~ October 28, 2014 ~ Hyatt Pier 66
FLMC Seminar  ~ October 29, 2014 ~Hyatt Pier 66

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  Industry Corner

Sailor's Corner:
My Life in the Royal Navy 1899-1947
By Rear Admiral Sir Hugh Turnour England

England (1889-1978) served in the cruiser Doris during the Boer War and was landed in Mossel Bay in 1901. On the outbreak of war in 1914, he was in command of the TBD Chelmer. He saw service in her at the Dardanelles and later commanded the destroyer Harpy in the Aegean where he was severely wounded in both legs below the knees. More can be found on England at

Nanking, January to April 1927

Although on our arrival at Nanking things were quiet it was plain that the feelings of the British business community and of members of the Chinese Maritime Customs, who were all foreigners, were tense. The Northern War Lord, Chang-so-Lin, had a large army in and around the city as well as on the opposite side of the river at Pukow. Chang-Kai-Chek was advancing with another army from the south and it was evident that Nanking was likely to become a battleground.

Our Consul General, however, did not share their anxieties saying that after many years’ experience in China when revolutions happened, one War Lord walked out and the other walked in, and there was little fear of them attacking foreigners.

I had to insist that we should prepare evacuation plans. At the beginning he declined to take much interest until after Admiral Yyrwhitt’s visit. I imagine he impressed upon the Consul General, Mr. Giles, the necessity to be ready for all eventualities. As I shall relate later on poor Giles was one of the casualties when Chinese soldiers attacked the British Consulate and I confess to thinking that it was just retribution in his case.

As time went on my apprehensions did not grow less and it was plain after an incident at Wuhu, a town on the Yangtse about 50 miles up-river from Nanking that the situation regarding foreigners was deteriorating. I heard one evening that the Chinese had attacked the Customs House and were threatening foreigners, apparently it being alleged that a Jardine Matheson steamer, the “Kutwo”, had sunk a Chinese military launch drowning some soldiers and their families. I raised steam immediately, sailing up river during the night and (HMS) “Emerald” arrived at Wuhu just as daylight was breaking. I found on arrival that a Chinese General had seized the “Kutwo”, placing a China Merchant’s steamer outside her at her pier and all the foreigners worked up in a very tense condition.

We had an armed landing party reach and cut out the “Kutwo” anchoring her in the middle of the river, meeting with no resistance form the Chinese soldiers onboard. We later moved her alongside “Emerald” and I held a conference attended by all the foreigners in Wuhu. Not surprisingly they were in a very nervous state and when I told them that I was going to send them and their families down river in the “Kutwo” that night some of them objected saying they were bound to be fired on by the Chinese forts in the narrows near a place called The Pillars, a short distance below Wuhu. I said that their safety was my responsibility and that I would station the destroyer (HMS) “Wolsey” half a cable astern of “Kutwo” with guns at the ready with strict orders to repel any offensive action by the Chinese. This seemed to comfort them and at an adjourned meeting in the afternoon they agreed to my evacuation plans.

I had an anxious moment when shortly before “Kutwo” was due to sail at 9PM a deputation arrived from the Chinese General and produced an elaborate Chinese scroll addressed to me, which upon being interpreted warned me that I would only send the ship down river at her peril!  My reaction was to send for the Captain of “Wolsey” and order him to be ready to open fire in every respect. I had given my order and “Kutwo” had to go.

Nothing untoward happened on her passage down river and she arrived safely at Shanghai. I have often thought that this experience was a good example of dealing quickly with the Chinese and not allowing prolonged negotiations. Face is an important characteristic in their make-up and if talks are allowed to go on they lose face and are less likely to comply with demands made to them.

Ed Note: This section is the same setting for the Steve McQueen movie “The Sand Pebbles”.

Historical Derivation of Maritime Words and Phases

Historical Derivation of Maritime Words and Phrases
Taken from

As we all know, port and starboard are shipboard terms for left and right aboard a vessel, respectively. Confusing those two could cause a ship wreck. In Old England, the starboard was the steering paddle or rudder, and ships were always steered from the right side on the back of the vessel. Larboard referred to the left side, the side on which the ship was loaded. So how did larboard become port?

Shouted over the noise of the wind and the waves, larboard and starboard sounded too much alike. The word port means the opening in the "left" side of the ship from which cargo was unloaded. Sailors eventually started using the term to refer to that side of the ship. Use of the term "port" was officially adopted by the U.S. Navy by General Order, 18 February 1846.

  Nautical Dates

August 4, 1790

U.S. Coast Guard established

August 7, 1947           

Thor Heyerdahl completes 4,300 mile, 101 day journey on KON TIKI, a balsa wood raft           


August 10, 1519

Ferdinand Magellan begins round-the-world voyage

August 12, 1606

Plymouth Company sends 1s ship to America which is subsequently captured by Spain


August 15, 1914

Panama Canal opens to marine traffic

August 21, 1935

Congress abolishes helm commands from era of sail

August 24, 1992
Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in South Florida

August 29, 2005
Hurricane Katrina makes landfall near New Orleans


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