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 on: May 22, 2015, 09:01:34 PM 
Started by kerwooddr - Last post by kerwooddr
Thanks for the kind words. This is a very busy weekend for the Sea Cadets - two local parades, a wreath laying ceremony from a Navy whaleboat in the harbor, and the formal flag raising/lowering/raising ceremony at the Navy yacht club. All that and they get an education as to what Memorial Day is really all about - perhaps the most sacred American holiday in the federal calendar.

 on: May 22, 2015, 10:25:46 AM 
Started by kerwooddr - Last post by cwwhite
I appreciate your comments and commitment. BZ to you and your endeavors.

 on: November 02, 2014, 09:56:53 PM 
Started by kerwooddr - Last post by kerwooddr
Spoke again about the Navy Apprentice Boys to another gathering of Sea Cadet adult leaders, mentioning the fact that in a very real sense the NABs were the precursor organization to the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets today, now 52 years since its original charter was given by Congress in 1962. Everyone in that group now knows the web site address too.

 on: March 13, 2012, 10:03:36 PM 
Started by kerwooddr - Last post by kerwooddr
Gave another speech on Saturday night on the occasion of the Sea Cadet Ball in Newport (a big social occasion) - that was on 10 March 2012. The speaker previous to me had made mention of the Royal Navy's Sea Cadets being an older group than the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets. While technically true, I couldn't let that one pass. I mentioned that the predecessor organization of the Sea Cadets in the U.S. was the Navy Apprentice Boys, which stood up as a Navy-sponsored youth education activity many decades before the Royal Navy's Sea Cadets. I also mentioned that there is a small exhibit area in the second level of the Naval War College Museum that displays some of the history of the Navy Apprentice Boys in Newport, where it all began. That brought the house down. Smiley

David Kerwood
President, U.S. Naval Sea Cadets of Rhode Island

 on: December 16, 2011, 11:29:49 PM 
Started by rmcguirejr - Last post by cwwhite
I have done some poking around trying to locate "Robbie" and have been unsucessful.  The "Apprentice Boy" system was revived in April of 1875.  Good luck in your research.  The only place that I can think of to look, would be NARA in Washington, D.C.

the webmaster

 on: November 14, 2011, 11:03:31 AM 
Started by rmcguirejr - Last post by rmcguirejr
I am researching my GGGrandfather COL Robert W. Barnard who served in the US Army Infantry from 1861 until his death in 1870. His youngest son "Robbie" was born 2 March 1852 and was serving in the Navy Apprentice Boys in 1868. Given information in letters his father wrote home, it is likely he was in the program from 1866 (or earlier) until at least 1868. In particular, the following passage from a letter written 14 July 1868 to his mother describes the situation at that time:
Your letter with one from Robbie enclosed was duly received. I am glad Robbie had an opportunity to visit Normanstone. I guess it will be the green spot of 1868 with him. I have seen no order to reduce the Apprentice boys of the Navy from 700 to 200 nor do I think it is so. When I see such a notice Official I will act. I am pleased to hear that he has improved for I feel anxious about him all the time and will be more so if he shall be discharged.

I have information that "Robbie" was lost at sea 16 March 1873, although at this point I do not know if was was still in the Navy at that point (which was just passed his 21st birthday) or if he was a merchantman by then. Any information or leads would be greatly appreciated. We do have his sea chest, but nothing else directly from him.\


Robert McGuire

 on: November 10, 2011, 11:00:18 PM 
Started by kerwooddr - Last post by cwwhite
Thanks for your entry and update.  I will probably get a chance to be in that very spot in about a year and a half when I attend a ships reunion.  I am envious of you raising the interest in the Navy Apprentice Boy program amongst the Sea Cadets.  I have tried to do that here in Santa Barbara but no avail.  No appreciation for history I guess, lol   Smiley

Chuck White

 on: November 05, 2011, 07:31:25 PM 
Started by kerwooddr - Last post by kerwooddr
I gave another brief mention about the Navy Apprentice Boys during a Navy SeaPerch "Train the Trainers" event this weekend, at a group dinner at the Newport Naval Station Officers' Club. What was notable about this particular location was that it was literally on the site of where the Apprentice Boys trained, over 100 years earlier. Generated a rumble of interest through the crowd, which consisted of over 70 Navy Sea Cadet adult leaders. Few knew of this connection to the Navy Apprentice Boys, which in a very real sense could be called the ancestral organization of today's Naval Sea Cadet program.

 on: July 06, 2011, 12:00:11 AM 
Started by cwwhite - Last post by cwwhite
A brief sketch of Harry Simmon Morris career in the United States Navy provided by Richard Cone, grandson, with a photograph:

He entered the program in 1903, and was the very last Boy paid in the Apprentice Program.  He retired in 1958 after 55 years of continuous active duty, the nation’s record for the longest enlisted service.  He sailed with the Great White Fleet after serving training aboard the Constellation, the Dixie and the Lancaster.  He was a salvage diver in World War II on the West Virginia, and he founded the Great White Fleet Association along with another veteran.  They held annual reunion dinners every year at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego.

 on: June 29, 2011, 05:55:34 PM 
Started by 4starchris - Last post by navytop1
There is a good biography of Chief Morris at

Richard Cone
Grandson of Harry S. Morris

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