• User AvatarRobert (Bob) Rowles
    Just doing some browsing and came across this site. I myself sold chocolate bars as a member of RCSCC Courageous around 1964-66 to help purchase the Rhea. I also took many trips across the lake with her as part of the regular crew as a helmsman. Was also on board the weekend that we almost never made her across without catastrophe.
    Mar 13, 3:39 PM
  • User Avataranthonydpaul
    Hello! I sent Charlie an email and it bounced back, but I carbon copied his wife's email as well to pass on your contact info. You can also visit the Facebook page and post there because Vern Mills and others frequent it. https://www.facebook.com/yms299/
    Jan 20, 3:07 PM
  • User AvatarCliff Shuart
    My name is Cliff Shuart. I sailed the Rhea with Charlie and Bob Donaldson when it was a sea cadet ship out of Port Stanley. Those were some very interesting years, I learned so much from the officers and crew of the RHEA. I spent some time as deck crew, mostly on the foc'sle . I came off the ship in the 70's with a sub lieutenant ranking in the RCN Reserves. Needless to say those were some of the best times of my life. I am wondering if there is any way you could either let Charlie and Bob know I am trying to reach them or if I could get their email addresses. Thanks Cliff Shuart cshuart@hotmail.com
    Jan 20, 11:33 AM
  • User Avataranthonydpaul
    You're welcome and thank you for the comment! This is the only photo I have of Aragon as far as I know. I have a bunch of photos of my grandfather with soldiers. This photo was originally shared as part of a larger series: http://yms299.org/archives/178
    May 30, 10:48 PM
  • User AvatarGary Aragon
    Joe Aragon was my uncle. He was the youngest of three boys. The eldest being my father, Alfred, who was also a sailor in WWII as was his middle brother Orlando (his son's namesake). Thanks so much for the post!
    May 30, 9:31 AM
  • User AvatarRob Gilleno
    I have some pictures of mt dad's ( Ray Gilleno ) and my uncle Tom Raymond . the ships bell is now at the Port Stanly Legion
    Nov 01, 10:18 PM
  • User AvatarAnthony D Paul
    Lucia, Great! Marty is still alive and well if you'd like to email him. I'm sure he'd enjoy it and he may have more stories for you. If you have photos, stories, or souvenirs of your own, I'd love to post them for you and share your grandfather's story.
    Jun 22, 4:26 PM
  • User AvatarLucia Wiles
    Al B. Wiles was my grandfather. It was lovely to read about him. Thank you!
    Jun 21, 10:56 PM
  • User Avatarfrank prothero
    I would like to get line drawings for the Rhea YMS 299 so that I can have an accurate model made. Any assistance would be much appreciated. Thank you. Frank Prothero
    Apr 26, 1:00 PM
  • User AvatarCarolyn wheeler
    I have 12 6 cents stamps. they have a airplane on them
    Mar 24, 3:52 PM
  • User AvatarThomas Burt
    my father served aboard the rhea when it was part of the USN. i believe it used to be ams-52 my fathers name was William Burt and he was engineman 1st class and also worked and kept a watchful eye on those same diesel engines.
    Mar 03, 5:30 PM
  • User AvatarAnthony D Paul
    Thanks, Michelle! Here is the link to Michelle's photo on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/499125571174292097/
    Feb 25, 8:30 PM
  • User AvatarMichelle Wright
    In this photo, my Grandfather Earl on board the Rhea
    Feb 25, 8:14 PM
  • User AvatarMichelle Wright
    Hi there! I have a few photos of my grandfather Earl hand and some men from the ship when the Rhea was in Camden NJ. 1947-48. My email is buddyloveandcozy@gmail.com
    Feb 25, 8:08 PM
  • User AvatarAnthony D Paul
    The above presentation was written and presented by Roberta Stone O'Grady of Alameda, CA, granddaughter of Stone. I would talk to her. I am guessing she would have photos uncovered in her family history report. On a quick search of her name, it appears she works for Oakland Museum and her contact information is on their website here: http://www.museumca.org/event/natural-sciences-guild-day-trip-oakland-zoo
    Jan 15, 9:18 PM
  • User AvatarKathy
    Stone is a distant relative of mine. My Grandfather, Thomas A. Short, had 2 of his yachts built by him, TASCO at the Alameda yard. He has a marine engineering company in Oakland and had contracts with the Navy. I have come across some photos and I believe one of the men in it, is a photo of Stone posing on the USS Alameda. Would anyone have a photo of him to compare? Thanks you, Kathy Short - Hurwitz
    Jan 15, 6:41 PM
  • User AvatarAnthony D Paul
    Thanks! Yeah, I'm not sure of the story behind the recording. He couldn't remember making it or what the context was and when I Google the manufacturer it appears there aren't that many around. I am guessing it was just a shop that was promoting a trinket for soldiers passing by.
    Dec 15, 6:28 PM
  • User AvatarKeith
    70 years ago today. Thank you for sharing. This is an incredible piece of history to have of your Grandfather. My Dad spent 2 years in New Guinea during the war, but never made any recording.
    Dec 15, 6:12 PM
  • User Avatardave million
    Sailed onboard M.V.Rhea as a cadet on the Great Lakes,1974-1976. She was maintained in fair -good condition and in running order. We sailed to Oh,Pa,Ny and into Toronto. Balls of fun and great chance to swagger in our whites states-side. I hear she got sold and let to rot in Oshawa. Scrapped in 97'. Sad...
    Jul 27, 5:58 PM
  • User AvatarRich E
    My uncle served on a (B)YMS also built and collected from Jacksonville. It was the j847 also known as the BYMS2047 he was sent to minesweep off of the coast of Canada along with a few other (B)YMS 's. He is almost 90 years old, there is also one other surviving member of her crew, both live in the UK. I would love to hear from you. Best wishes Rich
    Jul 16, 8:00 PM
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