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08-05-2011, 12:41 AM

A tradition of the K38 Water Safety family is to name our training boats after persons who have passed on to the next life. Giving memory of that person to our K38 family and all the persons we come in contact with through our water safety programs.

As the K38 Water Safety affiliate of the western pacific, K38 Micronesia has named its first training boat, “Eric”. He is a Kawasaki 15F Jet Ski, color: red.


Who is Eric? On Saturday, September 6, 2008 an Amber Alert was issued by the Guam Police Department to a missing two year old boy identified as being ‘Eric Wazhuth’. Eric was last seen in the Tanguisson Beach on Guam. SAR Group Guam was called into action having the U.S. Navy, Guam Fire Department, Guam Police Department specialized units (Marine Patrol, SWAT, Beach Patrol, Detectives) and U.S. Coast Guard respond to the call for assistance in hopes of locating little Eric before anything obverse happened to him. It was not to be so.

Days later, little Eric’s lifeless body was found floating approximately two miles off shore and nearly ten miles from where he was last seen by the responding crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Assateague.

Consequently, Eric’s mother was arrested for negligent homicide and child abuse.


Guam PDN file photo of little Eric
He has become the symbol of compassion for my work. Little Eric has inspired me to teach my own children and yours, the next generation of the K38 family about the values of water safety.

We as recreational/ occupational boaters, parents, friends, brothers and sisters all share the same responsibility in passing on our knowledge of the ocean and water safety to the next generation. It begins with you. Be water wise and ocean safe, take a safe boating course and prepare before you go. If not for yourself, for those who care about you. We carry the name “Eric” on our training boat, to inspire, to teach and to protect. May you never experience a tragedy of the loss of a loved one and may we all come home safe at the end of each day.

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K38 Rescue
08-05-2011, 06:24 PM
Centuries ago on the Nile River, the Egyptians began naming thier boats.

Background from Wikipedia:

A Babylonian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylon) narrative dating from the 3rd millennium BC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3rd_millennium_BC) describes the completion of a ship:
Openings to the water I stopped;
I searched for cracks and the wanting parts I fixed:
Three sari of bitumen I poured over the outside;
To the gods I caused oxen to be sacrificed.
Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans called on their gods to protect seamen. The favor of the monarch of the seas — Poseidon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poseidon) in Greek mythology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_mythology), the Roman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_mythology) Neptune (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_(mythology)) — was evoked. Ship launching participants in ancient Greece wreathed their heads with olive branches, drank wine to honor the gods, and poured water on the new vessel as a symbol of blessing. Shrines were carried on board Greek and Roman ships, and this practice extended into the Middle Ages. The shrine was usually placed at the quarterdeck, an area which continues to have special, ceremonial, significance.
Different peoples and cultures shaped the religious ceremonies surrounding a ship launching. Jews (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew) and Christians (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity) customarily used wine and water as they called upon God to safeguard them at sea. Intercession of the saints and the blessing of the church were asked by Christians.
Ship launchings in the Ottoman Empire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottoman_Empire) were accompanied by prayers to Allah (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allah), the sacrifice of sheep, and appropriate feasting.
The Vikings (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viking) are said to have offered human sacrifice to appease the angry gods of the northern seas.<SUP style="WHITE-SPACE: nowrap" class=Template-Fact title="This claim needs references to reliable sources from October 2009">[citation needed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed)]</SUP>
Chaplain Henry Teonge of Britain's Royal Navy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Navy) left an interesting account of a warship launch, a "briganteen of 23 oars," by the Knights of Malta (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_Hospitaller) in 1675:
Two fryers and an attendant went into the vessel, and kneeling down prayed halfe an houre, and layd their hands on every mast, and other places of the vessel, and sprinkled her all over with holy water. Then they came out and hoysted a pendent to signify she was a man of war; then at once thrust her into the water.

Early Modern Age
While the liturgical aspects of ship christenings, or baptisms, continued in Catholic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church) countries, the Reformation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestant_Reformation) seems, for a time, to have put a stop to them in Protestant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestantism) Europe. By the 17th century, for example, English launchings were secular affairs. The christening party for the launch of the 64-gun ship-of-the-line Prince Royal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Prince_Royal_(1610)) in 1610 included the Prince of Wales (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_of_Wales) and famed naval constructor Phineas Pett (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phineas_Pett), who was master shipwright at the Woolwich yard. Pett described the proceedings:
The noble Prince… accompanied with the Lord Admiral and the great lords, were on the poop (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poop_deck), where the standing great gilt cup was ready filled with wine to name the ship SO soon as she had been afloat, according to ancient custom and ceremony performed at such times, and heaving the standing cup overboard. His Highness then standing upon the poop with a selected company only, besides the trumpeters, with a great deal of expression of princely joy, and with the ceremony of drinking in the standing cup, threw all the wine forwards towards the half-deck, and solemnly calling her by name of the Prince Royal, the trumpets sounding the while, with many gracious words to me, gave the standing cup into my hands.

The "standing cup" was a large cup fashioned of precious metal. When the ship began to slide down the ways, the presiding official took a ceremonial sip of wine from the cup, and poured the rest on the deck or over the bow. Usually the cup was thrown overboard and belonged to the lucky retriever. As navies grew larger and launchings more frequent, economy dictated that the costly cup be caught in a net for reuse at other launchings. Late in 17th century Britain, the standing-cup ceremony was replaced by the practice of breaking a bottle across the bow.

K38 Rescue
08-05-2011, 06:25 PM
In Early America:

Ceremonial practices for christening and launching in the United States (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States) had their roots in Europe. Descriptions of launching American Revolutionary War (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolutionary_War) naval vessels are not plentiful, but a local newspaper detailed the launch of Continental frigate Raleigh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Raleigh_(1776)) at Portsmouth, New Hampshire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portsmouth,_New_Hampshire), in May 1776:
On Tuesday the 21st inst. the Continental Frigate of thirty-two guns, built at this place, …was Launched amidst the acclamation of many thousand spectators. She is esteemed by all those who are judges that have seen her, to be one of the compleatest ships ever built in America. The unwearied diligence and care of the three Master-Builders… and the good order and industry of the Carpenters, deserve particular notice; scarcely a single instance of a person's being in liquor, or any difference among the men in the yard during the time of her building, every man with pleasure exerting himself to the utmost: and altho' the greatest care was taken that only the best of timber was used, and the work perform'd in a most masterly manner, the whole time from her raising to the day she launched did not exceed sixty working days, and what afforded a most pleasing view (which was manifest in the countenances of the Spectators) this noble fabrick was completely to her anchors in the main channel, in less than six minutes from the time she run, without the least hurt; and what is truly remarkable, not a single person met with the least accident in launching, tho' near five hundred men were employed in and about her when run off

In recent history, all U. S. Navy sponsors have been female. In addition to the ceremonial breaking of a champagne bottle on the bow, the sponsor remains in contact with the ship's crew and is involved in special events such as homecomings

K38 Rescue
08-05-2011, 06:27 PM
Launching could be said to mark the birth of a vessel; and people throughout history have performed launching ceremonies, in part to appeal for good fortune and the safety of each new vessel.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ae/Duc_de_Bourgogne_launch_1751.jpg/190px-Duc_de_Bourgogne_launch_1751.jpg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Duc_de_Bourgogne_launch_1751.jpg) [/URL]
The side launch of the Duc de Bourgogne at [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochefort"]Rochefort (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Duc_de_Bourgogne_launch_1751.jpg) on October 20, 1751.

French ship launchings and christenings in the 18th and early 19th centuries were accompanied by unique rites closely resembling marriage and baptismal ceremonies. A godfather for the new ship presented a godmother with a bouquet of flowers as both said the ship's name. No bottle was broken, but a priest pronounced the vessel named and blessed it with holy water.

In India (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India), ships have historically been launched with a Puja (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puja_(Hinduism)) ceremony that dedicates the ship to a god, and seeks blessings for her and her sailors. Historically, Hindu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu) priests would perform the puja ceremony at launch. In the 20th century, ship are launched with a lady breaking a coconut (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut) on the bow of the vessel, which is sometimes followed by a small Puja (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puja_(Hinduism)).<SUP id=cite_ref-ei-sahyadri_1-0 class=reference>[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_naming_and_launching#cite_note-ei-sahyadri-1)</SUP>

Japanese ship launchings incorporate silver axes which are thought to bring good luck and scare away evil. Japanese shipbuilders traditionally order the crafting of a special axe for each new vessel; and after the launching ceremony, they present the axe to the vessel's owner as a commemorative gift.<SUP id=cite_ref-Au_axe_0-1 class=reference>[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_naming_and_launching#cite_note-Au_axe-0)</SUP> The axe is used to cut the rope which tethers the ship to the place where she was built.<SUP id=cite_ref-2 class=reference>[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_naming_and_launching#cite_note-2)</SUP>
United Kingdom

Sponsors of British warships were customarily members of the royal family, senior naval officers, or Admiralty officials. A few civilians were invited to sponsor Royal Navy ships during the nineteenth century, and women became sponsors for the first time. In 1875, a religious element was returned to naval christenings by Princess Alexandra (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandra_of_Denmark), wife of the Prince of Wales (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_VII_of_the_United_Kingdom), when she introduced an Anglican choral service in the launching ceremony for battleship Alexandra (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Alexandra_(1875)). The usage continues with the singing of Psalm 107 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalm_107) with its special meaning to mariners:
They that go down to the sea in ships;
That do business in great waters;
These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.
The liner RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Queen_Elizabeth_2) was launched with the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_II_of_the_United_Kingdom), saying "I name this ship Queen Elizabeth the Second. May God bless her and all who sail in her."