B&CSC Receives Flags for its Historic Police Patrol Boat, CHARLES D. GAITHER, 05/17/2013

Holton Brown and the Honorable Helen Delich Bentley with Sen. Simonaire as he presents Flags for the 1940 GAITHER.  Photo by Walt Mathers, 05/17/2013

Holton Brown and the Honorable Helen Delich Bentley, holding a photo of the GAITHER, with Sen. Simonaire as he presents Flags for the 1940 GAITHER.  Photo by Walt Mathers, 05/17/2013

Baltimore, MD- As the B&CSC prepares for the Inaugural Maritime EXPO & Career Fair at National MaritimeDay on Saturday, May 18, 2013, Maryland State Senator Bryan W. Simonaire presented F. Holton Brown, President of the Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company (B&CSC), with a set of United States and State of Maryland flags to fly on the fore and after staffs of the M/V CHARLES D. GAITHER with former Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley in attendance in honor of National Maritime Day on Saturday, May 18, 2013.  B&CSC is an all-volunteer non-profit educational organization that preserves, interprets and supports the industrial maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay Region.

The historic 1940 GAITHER is the first all-steel vessel in the Baltimore City Police Department fleet and the group’s first acquisition.  She is named after the first police commissioner of the modern era when the post was consolidated from three positions into one, Charles D. Gaither.  GAITHER served seventeen years in this capacity from 1920 to 1937, a record that remains unbroken today.  The GAITHER is a gift of the Vernon “Pete” and Geraldine Johnson family.  Pete grew up in Locust Point and fell in love at an early age with the Gaither as he watched her ply its waters.  He acquired the vessel several years after it left service as a City fire boat, restoring her to operational condition.   Mrs. Geraldine Johnson placed the Gaither back into public hands when she transferred ownership to the B&CSC in July 2011 at National Marina Day held at Tidewater Yacht Service, fulfilling Pete’s wish to see the GAITHER continue to be a vital part of Baltimore’s harbor.

This acquisition was made possible through Mike Efford, captain of the former Army transportation boat, the Mi-T-Mo, who hauled her from her mooring to Tidewater Yacht Service.  Robert Brandon of Tidewater worked with the new owners to take her out of the water for surveying and maintenance.  “Her steel hull and superstructure are in good shape!” commented Maizie Rocke, Vice President for the B&CSC.  “Daniel Gill of Gill Technical Service out of Henrico, Virginia performed a radiographic survey last year.  He and his assistant were recommended to us and they are just wonderful to work with!  They were very through in performing the survey,” Rocke stated.  “We need volunteers to complete the project so she can be placed back into the water as she was meant to be.  Contact us at steamboatcompany@yahoo.com,” Rocke continued.

Holton Brown and the Honorable Helen Delich Bentley with Sen. SImonaire as he presents flags for the GAITHER.  Photo by Walt Mathers, 05/17/2013.

Holton Brown and the Honorable Helen Delich Bentley with Sen. SImonaire as he presents flags for the GAITHER. Photo by Walt Mathers, 05/17/2013.

Senator Simonaire is a member of the Joint Committee on Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area as well as the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.   Senator Simonaire was first elected to represent District 31 in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010 by a wide margin.  The Senator is a graduate of the Bob Jones University of Greenville, SC (1985) and has a degree in Engineering Science (2005) from Loyola College of Maryland.

Former Maryland Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985 to 1995.  She holds life memberships in the Association of Port Authorities, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and the Maritime Law Association of the United States.  In recognition for her contributions to the maritime industry, the port was named the “Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore” in 2006.  B&CSC is privileged to have served on the Port’s Tricentennial Anniversary Committee, which Bentley chaired.

Holton F. Brown served 41 years from 1967 to 2008 as an editorial assistant at the Baltimore Sun newspaper.  Prior to the Sun, Brown trained and served as a medical technician and registered practical nurse with the U.S. Air Force.  Brown attended the University of Baltimore for journalism.

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