Taking a break from our build of the ROV, the Sea Scouts participated as part of the BSA, Greater Cleveland Council contingent of over 1,000 scouts in this years St. Patrick's Day Parade. A highlight for us was to parade with a Sea Scout flag making it's way around the world that was stopping at various countries 100th anniversary celebrations of Sea Scouting. The flag was flown over the grave in Scotland of Warington Baden-Powell, founder of Sea Scouting, last August. A link to details of the New Zealand celebrations can be found here by Ron Bird. There is also a great article on the founding of the Sea Scouts and the U.K celebrations here by scout archivist Frank Brittain.
We received the flag from New Zealand and after putting on our patch had to express mail it on to Barcelona, Spain for their celebrations. At each stop a celebratory patch is being sewn on to the navy blue flag which has the universal Sea Scout emblem in white at it's center.
Ship 41 was excited to be part of history in the making as this is the only visit the flag will be making in the U.S.A. This world travelling, Sea Scout flag, was seen by over 200,000 spectators at the Cleveland, Ohio St. Patrick's Day Parade,
Photo courtesy of Mark Horning and Co. Photography.