I was an original crew member making original trip to Texas, Venezuela, and Kuwait several times. Capt.Norman E Walls was the master during those sailings. Retired Capt. Pipelink(spelling) made several of those trips as a guest. A special stool was made for him so he could sit and see out the windows boy could he tell the stories. Left ship for vacation in Cape May met my future wife there and never went back to sea. Will be married 55 years this June 3rd . Have 3 sons, 2 grand son, 1 great grand daughter and 2 great grand sons on the way. It would be nice to here from any of the original crew members. During college days I crewed on Mercury Sub, Ohio Sun, and the American Sun
I was curious to see if there was still activity associated with the Sun Oil marine department %26 found your web site. My search was prompted by meeting the son of a previous captain on the Tug New England Sun, during a project qualification interview with the SDA in Trenton, NJ last week. It brought back many memories for me personally for the many days %26 nights spent working with many great people in all facets of vessel maintenance %26 repair. I had the unique opportunity to work on just about every vessel in the Sun Oil fleet. My mentors in the beginning were Al Keller, Bob Groesbeck, Burt Cureton, Nick Martin, Dave Morehead, Roland Bavota, Don Lindquist %26 the infamous Joe Mazzie, working on the US %26 International ocean going fleets in many shipyards through out the US %26 the world. I finished my marine career with the coastal tug/barge %26 tanker fleet working with George Murphy, Jude O' Malley, Captain Benny Hagstad %26 many others too long to list here. The shore gang was always with us during the overhauls with Frank Kossek, Flash Gordon, Whitey Olynski, Dominick Sciulli, Leo, Dan, Smitty %26 many others. I miss the life of being a marine port engineer, as the US flag fleet dissolved into history.
On a side note, under the heading of the coastal fleet, I believe that you are missing the Tug Yabucoa Sun, which was part of the sales agreement when both the Yabucoa %26 New Jersey Sun tugs were purchased from McAllister Towing out of Jacksonville Florida.
I have many original photos, specification sheets %26 literature on various ships, tugs, barges %26 coastal tankers that should be posted up on your web site. Let me know what is the best way to get these archived materials into your hands.
I happened to find that Doug Mocha passed away a few years back. He was a Radio Electronics Officer on the ships for a time and was truly a unique guy. For those who remember Doug here is his obituary:
MOCHA, Douglas Gardner 3-5-1948 / 12-2-2011 Doug died at home Dec. 2nd under the care of Hospice after a 5½ year battle with cancer. He fought hard and continued to have many good times during this period. He was born in Detroit, MI, the son of Marie %26 Joseph Mocha. He had been a resident of St. Petersburg for 33 years and loved living in the Old Southeast this entire time. He leaves behind his wife Kim, his beloved dogs Rotor %26 Llewzob and many loved family and friends near and far. He had a gift for staying in touch with many long term friends. Doug was a Merchant Marine and traveled the world working on various research vessels, oil tankers and container ships as a Master Radio %26 Electronics Officer. He always said it beat having a "real job". He enjoyed restoring, driving and showing classic cars. With help from his father-in-law Ken and many friends he rebuilt his wife a beautiful '55 Chevy Wagon that she will love, cherish and drive for many years to come. His passions included working on his home, sailing and sailboat racing, drag racing, his black labs and his wife and best friend of 25 years. He was a HAM radio enthusiast as a teenager, which eventually led to his career choice, and he renewed his interest in this hobby within the last few years %26 was a member of the St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club where he made many new friends. A very special thank you to Dr. Jeffrey Paonessa and his staff for their kind %26 loving care, you made it possible for him to be willing to keep the fight going and continue to enjoy life for longer than anyone thought he would. A special thank you to Hospice for the loving care over the last several months and for helping to keep him at home until the end. If you desire, donations in Doug's memory may be made to Gulfcoast Oncology Foundation or Suncoast Hospice. He had a big heart, loved life and played hard and will be missed by many. A celebration of his life, or as Doug would prefer to call it a "party", will be held at a later date. Doug, you are the love of my life, had high entertainment value and made me laugh every day! You will always be in my heart and soul. Love you always, Kim