Written by George J. Balluff Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00The Manhasset Bay Sportsmen’s Club (MBSC) held its 62nd Annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at noon on Saturday, June 18 at the Town Dock. The ceremony memorialized all those who have died upon the water and blessed local vessels at the start of the boating season.
MBSC Vice-President Joseph Guidice served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which commenced with trumpeter Aaron Prindle playing The Star Spangled Banner as veteran members of the Marine Corps League presented the colors. Prayers were offered by Port Washington Fire Department Chaplain Jeff Morris and Rev. Kurt Von Roeschlaub, former pastor of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and chaplain for the Sportsmen’s Club. MBSC Past President Robert Dickson was chairman of the Blessing of the Fleet Committee.
As the trumpet sounded Taps, flower girl McKenna Paterson, assisted by MBSC Past President Erik Paterson, cast a Memorial Wreath upon the water.
Sixty-five vessels, led by the Bay Constable, TNH Marine 5 and MBSC Fleet Captain Peter Hults aboard Scuba Luba passed in review to be blessed by the clergy.
MBSC members Mike Matero aboard the Gun Boat, AMF, used his signal cannon to coordinate the procession, while Floyd Feather, Sr. on Semper Fi, served to lead the non-MBSC vessels on the proper course.