Retired English seafarer Nick Farley, who now makes Savannah his home, has been working tirelessly to get the new Savannah Ports Welfare Committee up and running since the group was formed last summer.
In addition to visiting successful programs and working with Pastor Andy Krey at the Maritime Bethel Savannah, Nick has come up with a unique fundraiser for the program.
Specially made 16G flash drives in the form of a Liberty Ship are now available for a minimum $20 donation to the PWC. The drives contain a wealth of material on World War II and the Liberty ships – many of them built in Savannah – that helped win the Battle of the Atlantic. There’s also a fascinating story about German U-boat commander Fritz Lemp and the unwitting help he provided to the Allies.
This information can, of course, be transferred off the drive, leaving a full 16 gigabytes for storage.
Farley has 250 of the drives to sell and – because an anonymous donor paid for production costs – hopes to make at least $5,000 to help the merchant mariners who come in to the Port of Savannah.
Those mariners have two main requests, Farley said – to communicate with family while in port and to get off the ship, even if it’s only for a trip to Wal-Mart.
“If you’ve ever had cabin fever during a rainy weekend, just imagine what it’s like to be at sea for months and months without setting foot on dry land,” he said.
If you’re interested in a flash drive, you can contact Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ports honor young artists
Students at the Isle of Hope School were honored Tuesday for their award-winning submissions to an art contest coordinated by the Georgia Ports Authority and the Port of Shimizu, Japan.
For the past seven years, Isle of Hope students have entered themed art projects into the competition. In-school coordinator and art teacher Magen Peigelbeck said this year’s projects focused on Japanese culture and things found in the Savannah community, such as ocean life.
The winners, determined by a panel of GPA employees, each receive a certificate and a shippo yaki —a decorative Japanese enameled tile — provided by the Port of Shimizu. A similar contest is held each year in Shimizu for which the Port of Savannah provides certificates and kaleidoscopes.
This year’s local winners are:
This year’s winners are:First Grade - Ayat Lara for “Koi Fish” (mixed media on paper)
Third Grade - Layla Morris for “Jellyfish” (mixed media on paper)
Fifth Grade - Noa Harris for “Bonsai Trees” (wire, plaster and beads)
Sixth Grade - Brysen McKinley for “Mandalas” (cardboard and acrylic paint)
Seventh Grade - Kylah Adams for “Paper Koi” (mixed media on paper)
Eighth Grade - Trinity Brisbane for “Fish wind chimes” (clay)
Peigelbeck said the contest highlights the importance of Savannah’s port and community as well as a global partnership with Japan.
“The partnership with GPA is always supporting the arts and we look forward to this contest every year,” she said. “It fosters a wonderful international relationship.”
30 hours in 3 minutes
With the help of aerial and time-lapse photography, Georgia Ports has produced a three-minute You Tube video that chronicles the 30 hours the COSCO Development was in port last week. If you missed all the fanfare then - or even if you didn’t - it’s well worth a look.
Senior business reporter Mary Carr Mayle covers the ports for the Savannah Morning News and savannahnow. She can be reached at 912-652-0324 or at email@example.com.