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Photographer: John Farrell
Taken: April 27, 2009
Caption: Captain Teddy J. Kalisz
Additional Description: 7/4/1919 - 8/5/1996
Early life on farm, west of Detroit, boyhood like Huck Finn.Worked at Henry Ford's Rouge River plant, sailed Ford's Great Lakes ore carriers, played for Ford baseball team.
Joined U.s. Navy, age 17. First ship SARATOGA, America's early aircraft carrier. Picked up survivors when Japanese sank U.S. gunboat PANAY on Yangtze River, 1937.
Appointed Chief Boatswain mate, 1942. Eight World War II TransAtlantic convoy crossings, Armed Guard Commander aboard S.S. JEAN. As UDT Command, went ashore invasion of Guam, Lion One. Served as Chief Boatswain, U.S. Navy vessels, through 1959.
Joined Lake George Steamboat Company, 1960. Captain of TICONDEROGA, MOHICAN, LAC DU SAINT SACREMENT, sternwheelers COTTON BLOSSOM, P.A. DENNY, delivered BAYOU JEAN LAFITTE and highspeed catamaran AUDUBON EXPRESS to New Orleans. Vice President, General Manager of Steamboat for 22 years.
Honorable, catholic man, good golfer, great leader, true friend. The Steamboat Company will not again see such a champion.
Submitted: April 29, 2009, by John Farrell of Lake George, New York.
Database Locator Identification Number: p61209
File Size: 1.865 Megabytes
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