2008 REUNION Schedule



20th REUNION SEPTEMBER 18-19-20+21, 2008


Preliminary arrangements follow for the USS Stoddard’s 20th Reunion in Seattle. Any feedback is certainly welcome. Internet addresses are listed in case you would like additional information.

WEDS 17 SEPT 2008:

Arrival at the SIXTH AVENUE INN in the heart of downtown Seattle. We will have convenient access to local attractions with 2 different shopping centers/malls within 2-1/2 blocks, including Nordstrom’s landmark store, and Pike Place Market a mere 6 block walk. It’s ½ block from the big Westin twin Towers in downtown Seattle, with airport shuttles available around the clock. There is a restaurant located in the Sixth Avenue Inn as well as many other restaurants within walking distance.

THURS 18 SEPT 2008:

SPACE NEEDLE: Take the elevated MONORAIL to Seattle Center and go up 520 ft to the Space Needle Observation Deck for a 360 degree view of Mt. Rainier to the south, the Cascade Mountains to the east, the Olympic Mountains to the west and a lofty view of downtown Seattle, its seaside activities including ferries, cruise lines, cargo ships, and float planes. More info at www.spaceneedle.com

RIDE THE DUCKS! Hilarious, Coast Guard-certified maritime captains will take you on a musical tour of the Emerald City via Amphibious World War II vehicles (refurbished Army Ducks). You’ll tour downtown Seattle, historic Pioneer Square, funky Freemont area, then Splash! Into Lake Union for a spectacular view of the city skyline, luxurious yachts, and Sleepless in Seattle Houseboats! www.ridetheducksofseattle.com

PIKE PLACE MARKET: The Ducks will drop us off at this 100+ year old market for individual browsing, shopping, and lunch. The afternoon will be free. www.pikeplacemarket.com

FRI 19 SEPT 2008:

FERRY ride to Bremerton (1 hour each way)

USS TURNER JOY, DD951. The Turner Joy is a 4050 ton Forrest Sherman class destroyer built at Seattle in August 1959. We will have our MEMORIAL SERVICE on board the Turner Joy, then tour her before lunch. After lunch, options are to continue touring the ship or catch a ferry back to Seattle for an free afternoon of shopping along the piers of Elliott Bay. www.ussturnerjoy.com

SAT 20 SEPT 2008:

BUSINESS MEETING will be held at the hotel after breakfast.

SS VIRGINIA V: Board this 85 year old steamship for an excursion around Lakes Union and Washington. Once part of a large fleet of "Mosquito Fleet" vessels which served waterfront towns all over Puget Sound, she evokes the sights, sounds, and feelings of steamship passage from another era. Her silent, smooth steam engine (visible from 2 sides), a new boiler, gleaming wood and white paint are an impressive sight. www.virginiav.org

BANQUET: Gather for our final evening with dinner, dancing, and prize drawings.


Set sail on the VICTORIA CLIPPER high-speed catamaran traveling through Puget Sound and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, arriving at the Inner Harbor in VICTORIA, BC, CANADA for an overnight stay in this delightful city steeped in British tradition. Saturday afternoon will be free to explore on your own around the harbor and city. Sunday will bring a tour of the city and a visit to the Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre floral splendor begun in 1904 as an effort to restore a worked-out quarry site. Return to Seattle in the afternoon aboard the Clipper. www.clippervacations.com

Interesting activities for free time: Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Garden, Museum of Flight (contains Concorde, original Air Force One, space exhibitions, Blue Angel simulation), glass blowing, shopping, trolley car rides, tour Seattle Mariner Safeco Field….

Your hosts John Gerten, John Laible and I are looking forward to seeing everyone in Seattle. You can reach us at capt01john@aol.com  or 425-483-9106.

Cricket Laible

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