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S.S.S. Albatross Honored As National Flagship

Martinez-based Sea Scout ship receives national honor.

In a great recognition for hard work, fortitude and dedication, the Sea Scout Ship Albatross and its crew has received the 2012 National Flagship by the Boy Scouts of America.

"As a part of the Ship’s qualifications, they met or exceeded all national standards as a part of their application for consideration," according to the Sea Scout website. "The ship’s quarterdeck and skipper completed a full application and provided support through written summary of their accomplishments and activities they participated in during this past year." 

The Sea Scout program has been active in Martinez since 1936. Presently, the program consists of a main training vessel, the Albatross, a 65-foot ex-Navy torpedo retriever from 1968. The program also has a series of other, smaller vessels.

The 23 member co-ed crew and its adult volunteers completed 50 days of on-the-water activities last year, including a 10-day summer cruise, six community service projects, and competed in eight regattas. 

"We are particularly proud of this year's winner because Ship 72 is the fourth California Sea Scout unit to earn this recognition since BoatUS revived the Flagship Award in 2002 to help celebrate Sea Scouting's 90th anniversary," said Bryan Dove, BoatUS West Coast Representative in presenting the award May 28 in Alameda.

To Boatswain Catherine Murphy-Bevin, skipper Adam Mollwitz and the hardy crew of the SSS Albatross, Martinez Patch extends a heartfelt congratulations for a job well done. 

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