CHRISTMAS aboard Rainier was
always an "event"...
A few holiday memories...
The tree they high-lined over
from the "Camden"...
they set it up in the mess decks just before the
conditioning went down- it lost every needle seemingly
And Father Gibney's Christmas Visit to Rainier was one to Remember.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Rainier's 1969 Christmas Card. Another card from some other time.
The Christmas, 1942 card, the front
and the inside.
(Thanks to Patricia Kenney Anderson.)
And here's a "Greeting" packed along with cigarettes sold in the ship's store in the '60s.
The Christmas Menu-1968,
Chief Cook Wazenkewitz and his commissary crew
Turkey and Ham and all the trimmings...
with four kinds of pie
Captain Smith popped his head in through the
mess deck door and,
in the midst of the crew's Christmas party
made a Christmas "speech" we'll always remember
"...Merry Christmas...", he growled,...and he was gone.
Was that the Christmas Day we were diverted from a rendevous with the New Jersey
and a Bob Hope Show to off load the Vesuvius
We did get a "so sorry you couldn't make it" note from
actressAnn-Margaret the same day !
A Sailor's Christmas, from Don Nolan