sea voyage and snow storm

  In 1982 I was sailing as chief mate on a passenger ship running between Ensenada, Mexico and Los Angeles. Tommy was able to make a short week-end trip on board the ship with me, and it seems to have been a great experience for him.   Tommy was 13 years old at the time, and very self confident, independent, […]

tommy in point richmond

  I found some pictures of my son Tommy in an old cigar box recently, and I’m posting a few of them here. The cigar box actually belonged to my Aunt Vivian years ago and dates back to her childhood in Los Angeles in the 1930s. Vivian’s father (my step-grandfather), Ernie Voigt, was a California […]

the santa monica mountains, part 2

I recently was going through my desk and found an old parking stub dated March 26, 1985… Tom’s 16th birthday. If my memory serves me correctly (a big “if” these days) it’s a parking ticket from Will Rogers State Park, which is located just north of Sunset Boulevard in the foothills of the Santa Monica […]

happy thanksgiving

I would like to wish Happy Thanksgiving, especially to my grandchildren,  nieces and nephew, my brothers, and other family members and friends who may read this. Also, I know there are a lot of merchant seamen, in every corner of the world and of all nationalities, who visit this blog (probably because of my numerous […]

january 1942: great-grandpa phil marton’s cma diploma

I recently scanned my dad’s, Phil Marton’s, diploma from the California Maritime Academy. Although I have already added it to an earlier post about my dad’s career in the merchant marine, I thought it would be worth posting it again and writing a few more things about it. (To take a closer look at the […]

photos of san pedro

I’m including here a few additional photos of San Pedro and the places I visited recently with my brothers Fred and Billy. Here is a photo that Fred took of the Korean friendship bell above Point Fermin: The view of the harbor, Catalina Island, and the sea beyond is magnificent from the hill on which […]