Paul wearing his Colt revolver while surveying ashore, Philippine Islands
The other day, I received some cool documents put together by my Aunt. My Aunt has for years being gathering stuff from our family history. Most of it dates so far back it’s hard to connect any emotion to it. But this stuff was amazing and some never seen photos came out. What I discovered was even cooler.
Grandfather in his office in Washington DC, That’s Alice his long time Secretary. The caption under the photo reads. Lt. Cmdr. Paul Smith, Chief of Aeronautical Chart Branch of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey during World War II. In his office on Constitution Avenue and 15th Street, NW, with his secretary, Alice Cromer (Stahl).
I noticed the Globe in the photo. Here it is in the Woody Boater HQ. Crazy..
I knew my fathers father was a Rear Admiral, he made charts and stuff, but had never seen the ships he was on, or how there life was, and even crazier, how the Woody Boater HQ still had some of the heart of him in it.
The Oceanographer. NYC 1938.
The Surveyor. Alaska 1927. Grandfather was aboard
The Fathomer. Philippines 1930s
The Explorer. Alaska 1927.
Todays header is a ship painting from my Grandfathers office. I am not sure if this specific ship was one he was on or not. But it sits in my office now. Its a perfect original water color.
Grandfather at his desk on his short wave radio. I recall playing in his home office and spoke to his pal at the North Pole. He had the entire yard wired like one large antenna . The desk is also in Woody Boater HQ now
The Admirals desk and chair in Reedville over looking the water.Many a Woody Boater story has been done here.
I know we like talking about speed boats, but this is the inner DNA of what drives me I suppose. The love of history, and appreciation of a family continuum.
That’s my Grandmother “Sylvia” and my father. ” Chief of party” Now, that’s Work party I think.
My Grandmother and Grandfather lived all around the world after meeting at University of Michigan, both graduating in 1923!
My Grandfathers portrait is sitting in my office also looking out on the water. My mother painted this back in 1980