Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Don't forget the Merchant Marine Academy
I had intended a quick photo visit to the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, Long Island, New York (on the north short, not far from the Queens borough line) on a recent trip, but found the idea of traffic from the other side of the area through the maze of freeways too dangerous.
The Merchant Marine Academy received little attention during the “don’t ask don’t tell” period, but technically the policy applied, because graduates could conceivably be impressed into naval service (and indirectly a few were during the Iraq war).
During the soap opera “Days of our Lives” a few years ago, one of the characters (Sean) was going to join the Merchant Marine. But it remains relatively obscure.
I’ve also noticed, since the repeal of DADT, that the Service Academies Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association Network has pretty much disbanded the content of its website (link).
Wikipedia attribution link for Merchant Marine aerial shot.
Second picture, from Dobbs Ferry, NY, as close as I got during this past trip (home of a famous entrepreneur).