The Eye of the Heron at Port Manatee

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Christmas Preparations 12 9 2020

The captain of one of our weekly ships asked us to purchase Christmas trees, lights and decorations to make the ship look festive. We were able to bring those Christmas decorations onboard today. The ship would be in port 17 hours total. No time for them to come to...

50 Ditty Bags on a cold day for Florida 12 2 2020

As ships come and go in this season, we chaplains at Anchor House make sure we get the ditty bags onboard.  Yesterday we placed 50 ditty bags on 2 ships and gave one bag to a cook departing today by plane to go home. Both bulk carriers will be here less than two days....

After The Storm 11 12 2020

Tropical storm ETA or occasional hurricane ETA has moved through.  At Anchor House in Port Manatee we have some roofing from a warehouse roofing job that looks like it is not in correct places. Grounds crews are cleaning up at Access Control. Lots of puddles around...

I Have a Bible!

We met with seafarer ‘Creed’ last week onboard a lumber ship. His actual name is Chrydzyl. He was on his first contract and was going home after 11 months. When asked if he needed anything (we implied Bible, literature, etc.) he quickly responded with a smile, “I have...

Variety of Transportation 10 13 2020

As one of our port workers left Anchor House this morning, I heard the train locomotive whistle blow and laughed to myself. What a variety of vehicles people use to stop by Anchor House. Here is the list: ships, trucks, semis, train locomotives, golf cars, utility...

Ditty Bags Brigade 9/30/2020

I suppose I heard the term ‘ditty bag’ before, but I had not really thought about it very much. As a volunteer I saw boxes of soaps, nail clippers, and pens in our storage area and helped Chaplain Trish set up the storage boxes for a bag brigade. Last winter I...