Scouting Chronology

A Chronology of Sea Scouting in the United States

 Beginning with mention of Sea Scoutingís origins in England as a necessary prelude

Anyone who is a Sea Scout, or a friend of Sea Scouting, is naturally curious at some point to know something more about the history of the organization and how it came to be what it is today. 

There are many web sites that have good, if somewhat brief, narrative histories of Sea Scouting.  One very good one is The History of Sea Scouting in the United States, which is part of the Sea Scouts, B.S.A. website.

The document you can access here, A Chronology of Sea Scouting in the United States, is intended for the reader who seeks a more detailed and specific history, with annotated sources for further research if desired.

 

 A Chronology of Sea Scouting in the United States is based in substantial part on an earlier document of similar name, Chronology of Sea Scouting in the United States, which is part of the U.S. Scouting Service Project website.  Bruce Chr. Johnson, now National Sea Scout Committeeman and Northeast Region Commodore, prepared that original chronology for the Sea Scout history exhibit at the 1993 National Boy Scout Jamboree.  It was prepared for background; not as a finished product.  His original document contained entries through August 1989.  With Commodore Johnsonís permission, I have reformatted his original document, added what appear to me to be significant Sea Scouting milestones from 1989 forward, and added earlier historical entries when and as they became known to me. 

 If an entry is based on a date on or before August 1989, it is from Commodore Johnsonís original document, unless otherwise footnoted.  Footnotes and subsequent entries have been made by me.  If I have made an error somewhere, I trust it will be viewed as a human error and forgiven as such.  I have tried to be thorough in my acknowledgment of sources and disclaimer at the end of the document. The listed sources  are a great place to look for additional information on the history of Sea Scouting in both the United States and Great Britain, and I encourage you to consult them.

/s/ George Hay Kain, III,

Skipper, SSS YORKSHIRE Ė Sea Scout Ship 25, York, PA.

Please bring any additions or corrections to my attention at skipper@ship25bsa.org.

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