Monday, September 3, 2012

Cutter Morris Comes to Old Sacramento

Come tour the Cutter Morris in Old Sacramento on September 8-9 in Old Sacramento. The crew will be giving tours of the vessel from 11-5 on Saturday, and 9-12 on Sunday. Ever wonder what life was like aboard a Coast Guard boat, or wanted to see the World's Largest Sea Scout Boat? Come on down and take a look!

About the Morris:
The Morris is a 125' Ex-Coast Guard Cutter. Built in 1927, she was designated WSC-147 and was commissioned to chase rum-runners off of the Pacific Coast. She had a long Coast Guard history, finally decommissioned in 1970. Since that time, she has been in the Sea Scout Program.

She also has a long film history, having appeared in Perry Mason, Sea Hunt, The Wild McCullochs, and The Killer Elite.

She was featured on KCRA 3 over memorial day weekend.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Morris Comes to West Sacramento

On Memorial Day, the largest Sea Scout boat in the United States will find its way to her new home in West Sacramento, CA.

The local chapter of the program, sponsored by the Sacramento Delta Youth Maritime Association ( has acquired the former Coast Guard Cutter Morris. The Morris is 125’ in length and was built in 1927 as a “Rum-Chaser” to catch offshore rumrunners during prohibition.

The vessel has been in Sea Scouting since 1971, and recently has undergone a $2,000,000+ refit. She will replace the Emerald Sea crab boat that the unit acquired last year as the unit’s flagship vessel. 
 Former Sea Scouts from this program actually served on her during the Cuban Missile crisis. She has made voyages to Canada, Alaska, and Mexico.

The vessel will be coming to her new permanent home on the Sacramento River just south of the US-50 Bridge and serve as a training vessel and museum for the program’s service education program.

She will be coming up to Sacramento on Memorial Day, with an anticipated arrival in West Sacramento at approximately 1:00-1:30 PM.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Who Needs Summer Camp?

Being the Skipper of the Neptune, I get calls asking about what our summer program is.

Guess what- it's the same as our winter program, our spring program, and our fall program!

We want you to join us!

Our program is unique because we aren't seasonal. We really never have the "slow months." Our program is a really interesting educational opportunity. We really do offer that unique blend of education, camaraderie, and fun. Our program is sought out by many Sacramento area schools for their community service projects.

Our program is very unique in that there really isn't anything like it in Sacramento. Where else can you sail, learn how to work on a diesel engine, play hide and seek on an ex-Coast Guard cutter, and learn boating and occupational safety?

But the best part of being in the Neptune is being part of the crew! You build friendships that will last many years to come! Come join the fun!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cutter Morris Finds a New Home

SSS Morris (Flickr Photo)
Do you have a "a buck and a quarter?" The crew of the Neptune does! The Sacramento Delta Youth Maritime Association was assigned the former Coast Guard Cutter, and Sea Scout Ship Morris from Commodore Bob French. This benefits our scout program and instantly brings a flagship quality vessel to our scouting program. These boats were called the "buck and a quarter" class as they are 125' in length.
USCG Morris WSC-147 (Coast Guard Photo)
The Morris was constructed in 1927 and served through 1970, at which time, she became the largest operational Sea Scout vessel in the Continental United States. She held that title for many years and began a major refit led by Commodore French, and has invested millions of dollars in her. With the Neptune, she will turn into an operational ship once again, and serve as a floating classroom and piece of maritime history in her new home port of West Sacramento, CA.

Watch old scout footage from 1970 about the Morris here!

Get involved! Visit our website at

Thanks again, Commodore French, and congrats to the crew of the Neptune, and the to the Morris. We know we will be a great fit for each other!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Year in Review, 2011

2011 was a banner year for the Neptune and SDYMA. We faced and overcame multiple challenges, and 2012 is primed to explode with all of the hard work of a crew that is really starting to gel, and a great staff of key adults that is bringing our program to greatness.
Following is a list of just some of our major accomplishments for 2011.... 2012 will wrap up many of these projects with the crew ready to skyrocket in this next year
·         Acquired the Bertram and traded for Emerald Sea (Neptune)
·         Acquired the Chingas
·         Acquired the 40'
·         Acquired 30606. Performed rehabilitation and haul out on SRB.
·         Streamlined non-program boats out of the program.
·         Bartered the Saint Joseph for necessary parts to build the Emerald Sea.
·         Acquired #6 pulling boat.
·         Acquired the base on Park Blvd and began improving it.
·         Installed Breeches Buoy Tower at Landing
·         Installed 60' of dock at the landing
·         Pulled power to trailer and dock locations. Installed new safety lighting.
·         Acquired floats to build docks for 2011.
·         Went on 1st overnight cruise aboard our own boat in 10+ years
·         Went to Safety at Sea for the first time in 10+ years.
·         Went on 1st Long cruise in 10+ years aboard the Point Weber.
·         Formed sistership alliances with the Albatross and Point Weber.
·         Went to 1st regattas in 10+ years, Napa, Seafarers, and AMR.
·         Ended the year with 100% of the crew achieving Apprentice or better.
·         Three grant awards of $1000 or better
·         Skipper Nate won the Civic Leadership Award for Service from the City of West Sacramento
2012- watch out- the Neptune is coming strong!!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Goodbye Saint Joe!

Parting is such sweet sorrow.
Boats may come and go, but Neptune lives on. April 11, 2010, a crew took on an immense challenge that others weren’t able to do. The Saint Joseph became part of our fleet. Many adults, crew, volunteers, supporters all chipped in and rallied around our new acquisition. Many hours of work, blood and sweat were realized aboard her.

There were a lot of miles driven by several people to Morro Bay in a season full of long weekends. From Possums on the Bow, and the “hot pocket” and who can forget the lumpy pancakes or the offshore chili dogs- the Saint Joseph gave us lots to rally around, and the Neptune was on the upswing. Assisted by the Chaser, she came under the Golden Gate in July after a starter burnt up and had to be rebuilt underway. She carved the ocean swells like a Samurai with her high bow.

In Sacramento, the demolition of the hold and the mast removal were just two of the massive efforts that were undertaken. We also did an overhaul of the battery room, and spruced her up on the water side. Unfortunately, some major hurdles came into play and she could never be fully realized. With the acquisition of the Emerald Sea, she was traded to acquire the necessary parts to further our project. Her nameplate and wheel will hang with pride in the meeting hall.

Today, We bid you farewell, old friend. Fair Winds and Following Seas. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you!

Here was the Joe's original marketing video: