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Power Squadron fleet blessing follows tradition

OCEAN PINES–The Ocean City Power Squadron held its annual Blessing of the Fleet at the Ocean Pines Marina on June 1.  
All boaters in the area are always invited to participate in this event. The Blessing of the Fleet ceremony has been passed down through generations of sailors, fishermen, merchant mariners and navies around the world and is intended to safeguard crews and ships from the dangers of the seas through a traditional blessing given by a clergyman at the water’s edge.  
Past Commander Wally Stevenson, a member of the OCPS, provided the blessing this year. The event was attended by about 50 members and guests and was followed by a cruise either by sea on the newly blessed boats or by land by car to Seacrets on 49th Street for a lunch and social gathering.
The Ocean City Power Squadron, as a part of the United States Power Squadrons–the oldest and largest recreational boater education organization in the country–provides boating seminars and courses to members and the public throughout the year and conducts free vessel safety checks to assure that boaters have all the necessary safety equipment on their vessels required by the US Coast Guard and the State of Maryland.  
For further information on the Power Squadron or its classes, or to schedule a free vessel safety check contact Executive Officer Stuart Glassman at 814-322-2120 or Educational Officer Mort Brown at 410-641-8040.