Richard A. Kirsch and the Hannah Photo Lab

With Special Music by the Highlanders

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Shipmates if this Story isn't one for the Serendipity Pages, I don't know of one!!

As I had stated on the Serendipity Intro Page, we who served in the USS Hancock brought with us all our many different facets of who we were before we enlisted. Lifestyles, thoughts, actions, some good, some not-so-good.

Music was often heard in the compartments after work hours, or when they secured from Flight Quarters. All kinds of music, from someone listening to the Pop music of the time on a record player carried aboard, or on a tape recorder. I, myself had purchased quite an elaborate Tape recorder in the Base PX at Yokosuka, Japan in 1963. An Akai 4 Track Stereo, the 'cutting edge' of audio equipment of the time, and that same machine lasted me over 30 years! So much for Japanese technology!

Other sounds echoed down the passageways; even a 4 part Quartet could be heard in the Ship's Library, where the Chaplain had his office. From Religious music to secular; The TV could be heard in the Crew's Lounge...

But in all my days, and probably your's as well, except, for the Photo Lab, you would never hear the haunting melodies that came from the Bag Pipes. Here is proof that even at least one of us could blow out a Scottish Tune on the Pipes..

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You can see Jerald White here, with his Bag Pipes. The guys here are smiling, not only because they were getting their picture taken, which we wanted to share with the world (thanks Rich! ) but also because the pause stopped Jerald from blowing on those pipes!!!

Now, I for one, love the haunting sounds of the Ancient Bag Pipes, but I am also quite sure that most others find the sound very annoying. The Jury is out... how do you feel about them? Anyway... the fact that at least one lonely sailor had the guts to bring the Bag Pipes aboard, shows all of the rest of us, how deep the bravery and intrepidity runs in all Hancock Shipmates!!!

Do I have any one here, who would disagree with me on that one? Send Jake and Rich Email if you do or do not.

Thanks Rich for sending in this photo, and mostly, the Thanks go out to Jerald White for being so Brave... Ah, yes... Scotland the Brave and her Brave Sons!

I wonder if you ended up with many pals or were a loner on ship? Had I been there, you would have at least had one friend who'd stand by you... and I might even know how to blow them Pipes by now... how are you at them?

Now you know why 'Old Salts' wish you "Fair Winds" because a good Piper has to have lots of Wind, and they be 'Fair, matie!"

Fair Winds and Following Seas, to you, Jerald White and Rich Kirsch, for sharing this bit of Hancock Serendipity with the rest of us!!!

Visit Rich Kirsch's Extended Middle Years Gallery for more great photos by him and his Photo Crew Pals.

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Our Little Piper is playing a Medley of Scotish & Irish Tunes for you on his Bagpipes
We hope you stay on this page long enough to listen to all 19 Tunes... some of us
love the sound of the Pipes - like Gerald White, right?

They will plat automatically unless you wish to have a reprise - then click on the links below

You're invited to stay for the Concert

Scotland the Brave

Midi by Bary Taylor

Hark where the night is falling
hark hear the pipes a calling
Loudly and proudly calling down thru the glen
There where the hills are sleeping
Now feel the blood a leaping
High as the spirits of the old highland men

Towering in gallant fame
Scotland my mountain hame
High may your proud standards gloriously wave
Land of my high endeavor
Land of the shining river
Land of my heart forever, Scotland the Brave

High in the misty mountains
Out by the purple highlands
Brave are the hearts that beat beneath Scottish skies
Wild are the winds to meet you
Staunch are the friends that greet you
Kind as the love that shines from fair maidens eyes

Midi by Barry Taylor and his "Contemplations from the Marianas Trench" - Music and Deep Thoughts
Lyrics From...
Digital Tradition (Mirror of the original). Folk Song Search.


The Rustic Old Bridge by the Mill
Flower of Scotland
Will Ye No Come Back Again
The Atholl Highlanders
Barren Rocks of Aden
The Blue Bells of Scotland
The Brown haired Maiden
Colonel Robertson
The Piobaireachd of Donald Dhu
Dovecote Park
Drops of Brandy
Abide with Me
Ghillie Callum Sword Dance #1
Ghillie Callum Sword Dance #2
The Glendaruel Highlanders
The Irish Washerwoman
Lady Loudon
The Mucking o'Geordie's Byre
The Orange and the Blue
The Smith's a Gallant Fireman
The Wearing of the Green

Scotland the Brave

Most of these Midis came from

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