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By Bob Allen, For The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2013
Sometimes recognition for a job well done is a long time coming. Seventy years ago, Pasadena resident William Tiernan was an 18-year-old sailor in the British Merchant Navy, participating in one of World War II's most dangerous assignments, the Russian Arctic convoy. A couple of weeks ago, the 87-year-old Tiernan received special recognition for that duty with an Arctic Star Medal - an award only recently issued by the British government. "My opinion is that the merchant marine is not recognized like the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are. That's why we didn't get no medals" until now, the British-born Tiernan said without any bitterness Still, he noted, "To this day, merchant marines cannot join the VFW. " The Russian Arctic convoy, in which Allied troops supplied the Soviet Union in its struggle against invading German forces, has often been referred to as a suicide mission.
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By Bob Allen, For The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2013
Sometimes recognition for a job well done is a long time coming. Seventy years ago, Pasadena resident William Tiernan was an 18-year-old sailor in the British Merchant Navy, participating in one of World War II's most dangerous assignments, the Russian Arctic convoy. A couple of weeks ago, the 87-year-old Tiernan received special recognition for that duty with an Arctic Star Medal - an award only recently issued by the British government. "My opinion is that the merchant marine is not recognized like the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are. That's why we didn't get no medals" until now, the British-born Tiernan said without any bitterness Still, he noted, "To this day, merchant marines cannot join the VFW. " The Russian Arctic convoy, in which Allied troops supplied the Soviet Union in its struggle against invading German forces, has often been referred to as a suicide mission.
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By Rachel Marsden | May 3, 2012
A Russian source recently brought an obscure but disturbing article to my attention. Published last month by a little-known online journal called the Oriental Review, the piece, "Active Endeavour And Drug Trafficking," proposed that not a single gram of heroin has been confiscated on the Mediterranean Sea since the inception of NATO's Operation Active Endeavour, a maritime operation launched a month after the Sept. 11 attacks with the mission of "monitoring shipping to help detect, deter and protect against terrorist activity.
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By Rachel Marsden | May 3, 2012
A Russian source recently brought an obscure but disturbing article to my attention. Published last month by a little-known online journal called the Oriental Review, the piece, "Active Endeavour And Drug Trafficking," proposed that not a single gram of heroin has been confiscated on the Mediterranean Sea since the inception of NATO's Operation Active Endeavour, a maritime operation launched a month after the Sept. 11 attacks with the mission of "monitoring shipping to help detect, deter and protect against terrorist activity.
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September 10, 1991
Charles A. Scarpello, 79, a retired merchant ship captain who served aboard two ships that were torpedoed during World War II, died Saturday of a heart ailment at his home on JeffersonAvenue in the Timonium area.A mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Texas.Mr. Scarpello retired 18 years ago after many years as a ship's officer. Though licensed as a captain, he would often sail as a mate if no command were available.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | May 29, 2004
Calvin R. Baumgartner, a survivor of the last U.S.-flagged merchant marine ship torpedoed by a German submarine and who later hauled grain on the Chesapeake Bay, died Sunday of stroke complications at the Keswick Multi-Care Center. The Hampden resident was 90. Born in Overlea, he attended City College. While there, he was a Western Union messenger boy, delivering telegrams in the evenings to help support his family. His studies at St. John's College in Annapolis were interrupted by World War II. Mr. Baumgertner joined the merchant marine and sailed on four ships before he was assigned to the S.S. Black Point in April 1945.
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By Borzou Daragahi and Edmund Sanders and Borzou Daragahi and Edmund Sanders,Los Angeles Times | November 19, 2008
NAIROBI, Kenya - Pirates prowling the treacherous waters off the Horn of Africa hijacked another merchant ship yesterday, at least the second in four days, amid growing international concern about a 21st-century version of an ancient security threat. The Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship Delight and its 25-member crew were captured late yesterday morning off the coast of Yemen, Beijing's New China News Agency reported, citing the official Maritime Search and Rescue Center. The vessel was hauling 36,000 metric tons of wheat to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, the news service reported.
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By David Simon Peter Honey of The Sun's Washington Bureau and Keith Paul and Michael Ollove of the metropolitan staff contributed to this article | July 24, 1991
Another Soviet seaman may be seeking political asylum in the United States after he left his merchant ship in Baltimore yesterday, a day after two cadets fled from a Soviet sailing vessel that visited the Inner Harbor on a goodwill tour.Viktor Orshichovsky, 37, was reported missing yesterday morning from the M. V. Leonid Leonidov, a Soviet merchant vessel which had docked at the Rukert Terminals Corp. piers in the 2000 block of South Clinton Street.The police issued a lookout for the seaman, who was found after his ship had sailed at 1 p.m., according to officials with the steamship trade line handling the Soviet ship.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | March 19, 2010
Joseph John Carbo, a retired merchant ship engineer who sailed around the world 14 times and later put his engine room expertise to work as a longtime volunteer aboard the Liberty ship John W. Brown, died Sunday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The longtime West Towson resident was 82. Mr. Carbo, who was born and raised in South Philadelphia within sight of the Delaware River and the ships steaming in and out of port, was the son of a shipbuilder and a homemaker. During World War I, his father worked at American International Shipbuilding's Hog Island shipyard, and after the war at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
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By Robert Little and Robert Little,SUN STAFF | March 17, 1999
Sea-Land Service Inc., the largest American shipping line and one of two companies eyeing Baltimore as the site for an East Coast cargo hub, will be carved into three individual businesses this year, company officials announced yesterday.The decision to split Sea-Land into a domestic shipping line, an international shipping line and a marine terminal operator should not affect the quest for a new Northeast hub, a company spokesman said. Officials at the port of Baltimore suggested that the move could improve the city's chances of winning Sea-Land's business.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | March 19, 2010
Joseph John Carbo, a retired merchant ship engineer who sailed around the world 14 times and later put his engine room expertise to work as a longtime volunteer aboard the Liberty ship John W. Brown, died Sunday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The longtime West Towson resident was 82. Mr. Carbo, who was born and raised in South Philadelphia within sight of the Delaware River and the ships steaming in and out of port, was the son of a shipbuilder and a homemaker. During World War I, his father worked at American International Shipbuilding's Hog Island shipyard, and after the war at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
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By Borzou Daragahi and Edmund Sanders and Borzou Daragahi and Edmund Sanders,Los Angeles Times | November 19, 2008
NAIROBI, Kenya - Pirates prowling the treacherous waters off the Horn of Africa hijacked another merchant ship yesterday, at least the second in four days, amid growing international concern about a 21st-century version of an ancient security threat. The Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship Delight and its 25-member crew were captured late yesterday morning off the coast of Yemen, Beijing's New China News Agency reported, citing the official Maritime Search and Rescue Center. The vessel was hauling 36,000 metric tons of wheat to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, the news service reported.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | May 29, 2004
Calvin R. Baumgartner, a survivor of the last U.S.-flagged merchant marine ship torpedoed by a German submarine and who later hauled grain on the Chesapeake Bay, died Sunday of stroke complications at the Keswick Multi-Care Center. The Hampden resident was 90. Born in Overlea, he attended City College. While there, he was a Western Union messenger boy, delivering telegrams in the evenings to help support his family. His studies at St. John's College in Annapolis were interrupted by World War II. Mr. Baumgertner joined the merchant marine and sailed on four ships before he was assigned to the S.S. Black Point in April 1945.
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By Robert Little and Robert Little,SUN STAFF | March 17, 1999
Sea-Land Service Inc., the largest American shipping line and one of two companies eyeing Baltimore as the site for an East Coast cargo hub, will be carved into three individual businesses this year, company officials announced yesterday.The decision to split Sea-Land into a domestic shipping line, an international shipping line and a marine terminal operator should not affect the quest for a new Northeast hub, a company spokesman said. Officials at the port of Baltimore suggested that the move could improve the city's chances of winning Sea-Land's business.
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September 10, 1991
Charles A. Scarpello, 79, a retired merchant ship captain who served aboard two ships that were torpedoed during World War II, died Saturday of a heart ailment at his home on JeffersonAvenue in the Timonium area.A mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Texas.Mr. Scarpello retired 18 years ago after many years as a ship's officer. Though licensed as a captain, he would often sail as a mate if no command were available.
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By David Simon Peter Honey of The Sun's Washington Bureau and Keith Paul and Michael Ollove of the metropolitan staff contributed to this article | July 24, 1991
Another Soviet seaman may be seeking political asylum in the United States after he left his merchant ship in Baltimore yesterday, a day after two cadets fled from a Soviet sailing vessel that visited the Inner Harbor on a goodwill tour.Viktor Orshichovsky, 37, was reported missing yesterday morning from the M. V. Leonid Leonidov, a Soviet merchant vessel which had docked at the Rukert Terminals Corp. piers in the 2000 block of South Clinton Street.The police issued a lookout for the seaman, who was found after his ship had sailed at 1 p.m., according to officials with the steamship trade line handling the Soviet ship.
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July 1, 1992
FIFTY YEARS ago this week, the nation observed its first World War II Fourth of July. Martin Gilbert, in his recent history of the war, tells this sad story:"On that day, for the first time, American aircraft -- six in all -- joined a British bomber formation in a raid on German airfields in Holland. But in the inner circles of British and American war policy, July 4 saw the beginning of one of the most serious setbacks of the war, the scattering that night of the merchant ships of Convoy PQ 17, on its way to Russia with precious war cargoes.
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December 20, 1995
Navy Seaman Hubert W. Goins of Mount Airy has returned to San Diego after a six-month overseas deployment aboard the destroyer USS Elliott that included duty in the Persian Gulf.While in the gulf, the ship and its crew helped enforce the international embargo against Iraq by intercepting merchant ships suspected of violating the agreement.A 1992 graduate of Linganore High School, Seaman Goins joined the Navy in February 1993.FireMount Airy: Mount Airy assisted Howard County with a car fire in the eastbound lane of Interstate 70. Units were out for 48 minutes.
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