The family grows

Out of the blue, we get calls or emails from people who are moved by the fact that the Mary A. Whalen (originally christened S.T. Kiddoo) has been saved. It's always a moving experience on this end. The ship speaks to quite a range of people and for very different reasons. I'll start blogging about these as they come in. Dunno why I didn't think to do so before.

From: Tom and Julie KIDDOO
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2010 5:10 PM
Subject: S.T. Kiddoo

To whom it may concern,

My name is Thomas E. Kiddoo III, and Soloman Thomas Kiddoo was my great grandfather. I am one of those people who can't help but "google" their own name, and I found the boat formally known as S.T. Kiddoo! Growing up, I remember a picture of the ship with S.T. Kiddoo written on the side of it hanging on a wall just outside of my fathers office, but never really paid much attention to it's signifigance. I currently live in Vail, Co, I am sure S.T. would be proud to know that his great great grandson (Charles Thomas Kiddoo) just turned 7 last week. I look forward to the day I can bring my children out to the East Coast to visit a ship formerly named after their great great grandfather!

Best Regards,

Tom Kiddoo

and here is the Mary A. Whalen as the S.T. Kiddoo