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Manatra Success Stories

Sometimes we wonder if we get positive results from all the time, effort, and finances needed to properly maintain and operate YP-671 as a training platform. We usually cannot see immediate results - but the long run has reaped fine examples:

Commander Ed Fairbairn, USN: Sailed aboard MANATRA II while an Explorer Scout in high school, worked as a deckhand and quartermaster. Went on and graduated FIRST in his class at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Executive Officer on a Navy supply ship.

Captain Mike Sherman, USMC: Engine room trainee and then went on to graduate from the United States Naval Academy. Now a Marine helicopter pilot.

Lieutenant Jerod McCaimbridge, USN: Rode the train every Saturday to work in the engine room. United States Naval Academy Graduate, and a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Navy.

George Kronk: Engine room trainee. Graduate of Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Michigan. Now a Chief Engineer on Great Lakes Ships.

Kelly O'Connor: worked as a deckhand and quartermaster while in high school, enlisted in the United States Navy upon graduation, serving on Frigates and Submarines, now Cruise boat skipper, marine consultant, and vessel delivery operator.

These are just some of the many examples of where our trainees have gone and is the reason we continue to provide an outstanding experience for young people.

Many of our MANATRA members and shipmates have served, or are continuing to serve, in the Navy, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine. Some of their stories will be posted here soon.

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