Recently, Jalyn Hayes-Moore '24 was elected by her fellow Members of Sea Scout Ship 1959, “Seafarers Commitment,” to be its Leader, or “Boatswain.” Jalyn is the third Boatswain of Ship 1959, one of the youngest, fastest growing, most active Ships in the Nation.
While Sea Scouts are supported by adults, all meetings, community service projects, special events, programs, and voyages are planned and led by Sea Scouts, under the Boatswain’s leadership. Her Sea Scout journey, from new Member to elected leader began in July of 2019. After hearing about the Sea Scouts from the Ship’s Skipper, Dr. Derrick Cogburn, at a session of the Seafarers Foundation’s Summer Youth Program, she jumped at the opportunity. She immediately joined the Ship, and was well on her way to earning her first rank after completing her swimming requirement at the first meeting she attended. Before the next week was out, she took part in an Oyster spat transplantation operation. She and the – then - Ship’s Boatswain, Izzy, joined three adult leaders in collecting oyster spat from the Back Creek Conservancy’s “Oyster Parents,” Ann and Warren Brown. The spat was transferred to containers and transported to a reclaimed oyster bed being rebuilt on the Severn River. After depositing the spat, Jalyn got her first experience piloting a power boat with a 175-horsepower outboard motor. Earlier she got to steer the 70’ schooner, “Woodwind,” under sail, and a powered yacht after graduating from the Summer Youth Program. She also sharpened her kayaking skills on outings with Ship Members on Back Creek.
Jaylyn has been an active participant in most of the Ship’s activities and community service projects, most notably: traveling to and spending a night aboard the Battleship, New Jersey; assisting the staff of the Eastport branch of the Annapolis Library; serving Senior Citizens at the thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by the Seafarers Foundation; building a historic railroad memorial for the Arundel on the Bay Community; and working with the staff of the Annapolis Maritime Museum to clean and refurbish the historic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. She and Izzy were preparing to participate in an international Sea Scout sailboat race, that had to be canceled due to Covid-19.
While working on the Arundel on the Bay project, Jalyn met Annapolis resident, Mr. William “Bill” Keyes, a 99-year-old former Sea Scout and historian, who represented Sea Scout Ship 525 at the 1937 National Jamboree. He is also a World War II Veteran, who Jalyn introduced at the recent Bridge of Honor and Change of Watch Ceremony, where she was installed as Boatswain. Although the ceremony had to be performed virtually, it included the Sea Scouts’ National Commodore, T.W. Cook, The Seafarers Foundation President, Lt. General (Ret.) Errol Schwartz, representatives of the Flotilla, Division and District offices of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Seafarers Yacht Club, the Chesapeake Bay Association of Yacht Clubs, the Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron, and the Commodore of the Puerto Rico Council.
After her installation and before formally closing the event, Jalyn introduced members of her “Bridge,” who will assist her in meeting her and their responsibilities, and outlined her vision for the coming year.
For more about the Sea Scouts and the Sea Scout Ship 1959, as well as the Bridge of Honor and Change of Watch, go to https://www.ship1959.org/bridge-of-honor-change-of-watch-2020