Oldest Sea Scout ship is honored with an award

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The oldest Sea Scout Ship in the nation, the 81-year-old SSS 24 or “Jolly Roger,” of Houston, has won this year’s BoatU.S. Sea Scout National Flagship Award.

Created in 2002 by BoatU.S. in honor of the 90th anniversary of Sea Scouting, the award recognizes excellence in program quality, youth achievement and adult commitment.

“Sea Scouts are tomorrow’s young leaders of recreational boating,” said BoatU.S. Chairman and Founder, Richard Schwartz.

Scouts in Jolly Roger conducted 48 days of on-the-water activities last year. Its crew participated in 11 scouting events and contributed hundreds of hours of community service. Three of the ship’s 28 crewmembers achieved quartermaster status last year, the Eagle equivalent for Sea Scouting.

The ship also has overcome great adversity. A tornado nearly destroyed its three training vessels on Dec. 30, 2002. The scouts spent much of early 2003 restoring the damaged boats and a newly donated boat.