|1939 National Flagship|
|Replica of 1939 National Flagship flag|
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|T O P S|
|How do you get to the top?
The first requirement is to learn the way.
In developing a method of deciding what would be "Tops" in Sea Scouting, the National Sea Scout Committee last year issued a new Rating Plan that was to be the measure of quality in Sea Scouting for 1938. Everyone in Sea Scouting now knows the outline of that plan--- that there should be six classes of Ships: Third Class, Second Class, First Class, Local Flagship Squadron, Regional Flagship Flotilla, and National Flagship Fleet.
The results are now known. Each Council knows how many Third, Second, First Class and Local Flagship Squadron Ships it has.
Out of the 2,000 Sea Scout Ships in the United States, 93 reached the second highest rank---Regional Flagship Flotilla.
21 Ships reached the very highest rank---National Flagship Fleet.
In order to honor its previous Chairman, the National Senior Scout and Sea Scout Committee developed a beautiful trophy, the Commodore Howard F. Gillette Trophy which is to be given to one Ship of the National Flagship Fleet every year. The selection of this Ship is no mean task, although the basis for selection is simple. It is to be given each year to the Ship that, in the judgment of this Committee, best demonstrates through its conduct as a group and individually, that they have put into practice in their daily lives the Scout Oath and Law.
| In addition to the fine spirit and all-around record of this Ship and as an indication that service is uppermost in good Sea Scouts, we quote from the citation of the National Flagship for 1939:
"This one Ship helped organize Sea Scouting not alone in its own Council, but in many Councils in the Region.
"Its members designed and built a sailing boat that would be suitable for Sea Scouting in the Region and made two tours of the Region in demonstrating this boat.
"This service was rendered so efficiently and in such a fine spirit that it is one of the major factors in the outstanding growth of Sea Scouting in this Region in 1938 and in the words of the Regional Executive, it is the outstanding factor responsible for the even greater prospective growth in 1939."
On this basis, the National Sea Scout Committee awarded the Howard F. Gillette Trophy to the S.S.S. Davy Jones of Greensboro, N.C., of which Mr. Charles T. Hagan, Jr., is Skipper.
Not the least in importance in the citation of this Ship is that Skipper Hagan was, as a Scout, a member of the Davy Jones. When he went away to college he maintained his affiliation with the Ship and when he finished school, came back to lead his Ship to the highest honor in Sea Scouting.
Congratulations and commendation have been showered from all parts of the country on the Sea Scout Ship Davy Jones.
Very well done!
|And from Greensboro Daily News, Thursday, September 7, 1939 ...|
|In addition to being named National Flagship in 1939,|
|the Davy Jones was also selected as the Regional Flagship|
|and, thereby, a member of the National Flagship Fleet,|
|in 1939 (also Howard F. Gillette Trophy winner), 1940, 1941, 1942, and 1943.|