As you can tell by my photo, I have had an interest in ships since an early age. My mother, Frances Moran, was dying of cancer. On her journey to say goodbye she showed me a photo she had of a uniformed man she called “Uncle Jack” who was captain of a ship.
In the photo, he is standing on the deck of a vessel, in front of a lifeboat identifying the name of the ship. But a strap holding down a tarp over the lifeboat, as well as Uncle Jack’s pose was blocking part of the vessel’s name. I could only read C_S Concre___. After conducting countless hours of marine research, the ship was identified as the CGS Concretia. I was surprised when I learned she was made of concrete. Further research determined she was the first ship in North America to be built of ferro cement (form of concrete) that steamed under her own power.
Amazingly, the Concretia has sailed silently through the pages of history – until now.
Turning the following pages will bring you aboard the Concretia as she serves and protects with the forerunner of the Coast Guard, the Department of Marine and Fisheries.
You will vividly experience life onboard the Concretia as a crewman, an officer, and captain.
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Published: March 16, 2013.
Some of the nurses, with three or four surgeons along with the ship's officers, were sitting on the port side of the boat deck about 170 feet from the stern. The port gun forward had been fired twice, and then the stern gun was trained around to the port quarter on the target, which was rapidly floating away.
As the third shot boomed from the gun across the water tragedy struck.
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