Binnacle List - Live Reunion Stream

September 13

At the first of this week we received a heartfelt inquiry from the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5621 at Liberty, Texas. SEBAGO shipmate Bill Offutt is an active member of Post 5621 and wants to attend the reunion, but his health does not permit travel now. 

Bill STILL wants to be part of the reunion, say the Ladies,"Can you live stream from the reunion so he can see his friends?"  Well, we can't ignore that request and we are making plans to accommodate it.

About a week before the reunion I will open a page here on the SEBAGO Sailors site that will host a stream view. If you have a Roku enabled television you can also watch from my public channel, search for Ride Around America.  The stream will be available from the live feed location. 

Can you help cheer Bill Offutt with a get well card?  Send it to him in care of the VFW and they will ensure he gets it. 

Bill Offutt

c/o VFW Post 5621

1520 Nth Main St

Liberty, Texas 77575 


If you know of a shipmate that needs encouragement, let us know and we will get the word out. 



Reno Bailey Has Crossed The Bar

April 9, 2019  - Shipmate Alfred Reno Bailey crossed over the bar on March 1, 2019, at Charlotte, North Carolina. He was 84 years old. 
Bailey was raised in the little mill town of Cliffside, NC, graduating high school in 1953 and enrolled at the University of North Carolina a Chapel Hill. He left school after a couple of semesters to fulfill his military obligation with a four year tour in the Coast Guard. 

Will You Be In Charlotte?

September 11, 019 - Are you planning to attend the reunion at Charlotte, NC, on October 11 & 12? At least one shipmate is flying in from Alaska.

To date we have confirmed plans from:


  • Ben Badger
  • Nick Bernstein
  • Dan Bothe
  • John Brockett
  • Dan Brockman
  • Troy Carroll (knee replacement 09/01)
  • John Chism
  • Joe Cline
  • Ron Cole
  • Joe Cumblidge
  • Jim Curtis
  • Arthur Durrah
  • Walter Dykes
  • Bill Eyeberg
  • Steve Furst
  • Jerry Grubb
  • Dale Hancock
  • Bob Horning
  • "Dee" Harris
  • Richard Keyes
  • Dean Kratchmer
  • Frank Lytle
  • Darlow Maxwell
  • Lewis McDonald
  • Richard Miles (FN)
  • "Moose" Miles
  • Wade Olsen (XO family)
  • Tim Palmer
  • Ron Parnell
  • John Perrotta
  • Mark Pfrenger
  • Robet Pinkerton
  • John Powers
  • Ken Savage
  • Dave Segelquist
  • Jerry Schambeau
  • Tom Smith
  • Brock Sorensen
  • Jim Stith
  • Gene White
  • Tom White
  • Dave Williams
  • Lee Wonnacott

That's two dozens shipmates plus their family members committed to spending some time together and remembering old shipmates and good times.  A few years ago shipmate Richard Miles (FN from Ron 3 patrol) told me, "This reunion makes me feel like family! I'm glad we came."  The banner tag line of this website is "Shipmates Once - Friends Forever" and I know that to be true, so come sit with your friends for a while. 

The host hotel will be the Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte-Waverly a few minutes south of the Charlotte International Airport.  The address is 7415 W Waverly Walk Ave, Charlotte, NC. The deadline for making reservations at a special SEBAGO rate has passed. In addition, we have learned there might not be any more rooms to book for this event at this hotel. Call Dan for assistance in finding nearby accommodations.

Dan Brockman and Joe Kline are putting a lot of time and effort into ensuring that we all have a good time. At this time all of the gatherings are planned to be at the hotel, or in restaurants that adjoin the hotel property. 

Gatherings will be held Friday night at the Waverly Inn and again Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. These are all very casual with limited structure. The intent is to give us all a chance to sit and talk with shipmates. A video presentation will be shown Saturday afternoon in the hotel meeting room. 

I will host a BBQ picnic at my place in Salisbury on Sunday from 11:30 to 5 PM. That is about 40 minutes north of the hotel, up I-85 to Exit 81. If you plan to attend, please send me a note This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm.

We are all excited that our number will be 40 shipmates or more. If you know of a shipmate that hasn't yet made the decision to come to Charlotte - get on the phone and make the call. These events are about ensuring we all have the opportunity to remain in contactwith those shipmates that made our lives at sea a bit more thatn was otherwise possible.  

Remember the Great Pumpkin asked us to "Be Sincere" so that he could rise above your pumpking patch on Halloween. 


Lester Walden Has Crossed Over The Bar

June 8, 2017 - The Coast Guard obituaries list this morning included the name of shipmate  CS1 Lester Walden Sr ('58-'62). He retired after serving 32 years of active service. 

Chief Walden resided in Mobile and was buried in Latimer, Mississippi, this morning. 

He was an active Mason and member of the Conde Cavaliers. He was always in attendance at the annual All Hands Picnic in Mobile and was at the last two SEBAGO reunion events.  

Fair winds, Chief, we will miss you. 

CLICK HERE to read the full obituary.

Recently Crossed Over The Bar

The following shipmates have left us in the past 2-3 years. After a period of time the name will drop, but the obituary notice will still be available from the menu tab. 

  • 20150908 - Steve Peden
  • 20150614 - Peter Moller
  • 20150412 - Eugene J Dott*
  • 20150407 - David Waitkoss
  • 20150320 - Donald Reitz
  • 20150309 - James DiModica, Sr
  • 20150104 - Valentine W Robbins
  • 20140608 - Roger Henneman
  • 20140417 - Frank Douglas Jester

* Indicates Plank Owner

Ed Floyd Has Crossed The Bar


Word has come that Ed Floyd, of the Atlanta area, has died. His is survived by his wife, Peggy,  sons: Barry Parham (Lynn), Doug Parham; brother: Gary Widener (Gail); sisters: Pat Herndon, Glenda Dismang, Dianne Carroll, Linda Foster, Peggy Thompson; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.Mr.

Ed served aboard Sebago in 58-60 and was always in touch with shipmates of the Sebago Sailors group. His friends and shipmates will miss him at CG retiree events in Atlanta... Fair Winds, Ed. 


Photos From The Previous SEBAGO ca. 1937

June 23, 2016 - Last month I was in Oxford, Mississippi, for one of my Ride Around America stops. I was overjoyed to find a commemorative paving brick remembering Hugh Sloan JR, USCG - from USS SEBAGO.  USS ?   Really? 

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