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12/05/19 - NNHS Newsletter -
I Saw Three Ships

Blessed is the season which engages
the whole world in a conspiracy of love.

- Hamilton Wright Mabie
(1846 - 1916)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Though the lyrics to this old carol are somewhat ridiculous, it is nevertheless a happy and traditional favorite.

   I tried to bring you a variety of interpretations in your bonuses, but be aware that they are not all at the same volume.  A couple of them are too soft, so when you hike the volume to hear them, the next one could very well then knock your socks off, so be careful.

BONUS #1 - I Saw Three Ships - Nat King Cole

BONUS #2 - I Saw Three Ships - Maryanne Faithfull and The Chieftains, 1991

BONUS #3 - I Saw Three Ships - King's College Choir, Cambridge

BONUS #4 - I Saw Three Ships - Mannheim Steamroller, 1984

BONUS #5 - I Saw Three Ships - Mormon Tabernacle Choir


"I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)" is a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England. A variant of its parent tune "Greensleeves", the earliest printed version of "I Saw Three Ships" is from the 17th century, possibly Derbyshire, and was also published by William B. Sandys in 1833.[1][2] The lyrics mention the ships sailing into Bethlehem, but the nearest body of water is the Dead Sea about 20 miles away. The reference to three ships is thought to originate in the three ships that bore the purported relics of the Biblical magi to Cologne Cathedral in the 12th century.[2] Another possible reference is to Wenceslaus II, King of Bohemia, who bore a coat of arms 'Azure three galleys argent'*.

An arrangement by Martin Shaw appears in The Oxford Book of Carols.[3] The Carols for Choirs series of carol books features an arrangement of the carol by Sir David Willcocks. Organist Simon Preston and former conductor of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Sir Philip Ledger, have also written arrangements that the choir have performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in recent years. This carol is also featured in the musical Caroline, or Change, but as a counterpoint. Adapted by Jon Schmidt on Jon Schmidt Christmas album. John Renbourn has arranged it (in a rather free adaptation) for guitar. The song appears on Nat King Cole's 1960 LP "The Magic Of Christmas" (l/k/a "The Christmas Song"), arranged by Ralph Carmichael...


   Happy Birthday today to Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late Gene Peters ('57) (d. 07/24/09) AND     the late Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) (d. 11/21/18)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

07 -  Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND   the late Tim Parsons (NNHS / Menchville HS - '73) (d. 10/29/17);

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57) AND Joan Gardner ('63);

10 -   John Murden ('60) of VA AND  Glen Davenport ('63) of VA;

11 -  Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL;

12 -   Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of PA AND     Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND    Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


December 05, 1941 - In the Battle of Moscow, Georgy Zhukov launched a massive Soviet counter-attack against the German army, with the biggest offensive launched against Army Group Centre.

December 05, 1941 - Great Britain declared war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.

December 05, 1943 - U.S. Army Air Force began attacking Germany's secret weapons bases in Operation Crossbow.

December 05, 1944 - Allied troops took Ravenna, Italy.

December 05, 2006 - The USS Intrepid was moved from its anchorage in the Hudson River to a shipyard in Bayonne, NJ, for renovations. Two attempts were made to move the ship in November 2006 but were unsuccessful. The ship had survived five Japanese kamikaze attacks in the last two years of the Pacific war. It later served off Vietnam and Korea and was a recovery ship for NASA astronauts. After being decommissioned in the late 1970's it was transformed into a military and space museum in 1982.


December 05, 1969 - Actor, director, and producer Eric Etebari was born in Hollywood, California.

December 05, 1969 - Director, producer, and screenwriter Morgan J. Freeman was born in Long Beach, California.

December 05, 1969 - The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

December 05, 1969 - Swimmer and lawyer Lewis Pugh was born Lewis William Gordon Pugh in Plymouth, England.

December 05, 1969 - Footballer Ramón Ramírez was born Jesús Ramón Ramírez Ceceña in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.

December 05, 1969 - The founder of Dornier Flugzeugwerke, Claude Dornier (b. Claudius Honoré Désiré Dornier on 14 May 1884 in Kempten im Allgäu, Bavaria) died at the age of 85.

December 05, 1969 - Princess Alice of Battenberg (born Victoria Alice Elizabeth Julia Marie on 25 Feb 1885 in Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England) died in Buckingham Palace, London, England at the age of 84.

"Overdoing it is especially common this time of the year for many of us. The causes for this might include too many Christmas activities to attend, too much to eat, too much money spent, too many expectations, and too much tension. Often our efforts at Christmastime result in our feeling stressed out, wrung out, and worn out during a time we should feel the simple joys of commemorating the birth of our Savior.

"Finding the real joy of Christmas comes not in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done, nor is it found in the purchasing of gifts. We find real joy when we make the Savior the focus of the season."

- Thomas S. Monson
(21 Aug 1927 - 02 Jan 2018)

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/05/17:

   Thank you, Joan!

From Michael Barber ('67) of VA - 12/04/19, 6:02 AM:

Carol, thanks for all that you do! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and Happy and healthy New Year!!

   Thank you, Michael! Merry Christmas to you, too!

   From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/04/19, 5:20 PM - "12/03/2019 Newsletter; I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus":

Hi, Carol:

Thank you for sharing the Norman Rockwell portraits sent to you, and so pleased that the first one sent to you was one that you had never seen before. It was the one that prompted me to share it with you. The weapon and Cartridge Belt worn by the Soldier, as well as the combat uniform reminded me of your late father serving in World War II.

When I shared the second photo, the one with the young Marine Private holding the flag of our World War II enemy with the Marines of my Recruit Platoon, no one responded by noticing he had no Chevron on his uniform sleeve, meaning he was a Private. He has three rows of ribbons that reflect he was a Combat Veteran. No doubt back then it was difficult to get promoted in the Corps. Norman Rockwell had an eye for detail, and was in touch with reality when he shared his work…which makes it all so very special.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan

   Thank you so much, Major Madagan! Norman Rockwell has long been one of our family's favorites - especially for that same meticulous attention to detail that you mentioned.

“At every party, there are two kinds of people -- those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.”

- Ann Landers
(04 July 1918 - 22 June 2002)

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/29/19, 9:29 AM - "Smiles & Crafts" (#5 in a Series of 19):

  COOLThank you, Shari!


Nancy Anderson's Red Heart Little Penguin Ornament - "Add a whimsical creative touch to your holiday tree with our clever crocheted penguin."

Katherine Eng's 14 Snowflake Ornaments - "We have an assorted type of crochet snowflake motifs. They can be used as ornaments, garland or even gift toppers. In this article, I have added tips and tutorials for stiffening up your snowflakes so they can be displayed with their maximum potential."

Red Heart Christmas Love Hearts - "Got to love the hearts! Make them for your tree, to decorate packages or to hang in other places. Make them for those you love. Color choices are up to you. You'll just love the Red Hearts!"

Linda Cyr's Red Heart Tree Hearts - SOOO pretty!

Red Heart Sweet Heart Sachets

 BONUS RECIPE (Sorry; not especially theme-related):

 From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 12/04/14 - "Double Chocolate Coca Cola Cake":

... If you've never had a "Coke Cake", you really do need to try it!! I'm not sure if this is a local thing or not... I just remember Mom makin' it when I was a kid. I'm not a big cake fan, but this one is so moist and the icing is just irresistible. I hope you get a chance to try it.
  Double Chocolate Coca Cola Cake

1 cup Coca Cola (real thing, not diet)
1/2 cup oil
1 stick butter
3 Tablespoons cocoa
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla


1 stick butter
3 Tablespoon cocoa
6 Tablespoon of cream or milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-3/4 cups confectioner's sugar


In a saucepan, mix Coca Cola, oil, butter and cocoa and bring to a boil. In another bowl, combine the sugar, flour and salt. Pour the boiling Cola mixture over the flour mixture and beat well. Add the eggs, buttermilk, soda and vanilla and beat well. Pour mixture into a greased and floured 13 x 9 inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees or 20 to 25 minutes. Remove pan. Cool for about 10 minutes before frosting.

Frosting: In a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa, and milk. Heat until the butter melts. Beat in the remaining ingredients and spread on the cake while it's still warm. Enjoy.

 OOOH! Thank you, Susie! As it happens, I myself am a HUGE cake fan - and I mean that in both senses of the word.....


From - 12/04/15:

A middle aged man bought himself an open top sports car and having just picked it up from the showroom, decided to take it for a drive. Enjoying the wind in his hair as he took another bend, just kissing the apex he spied in the rear view mirror a policeman on a motorbike. Immediately he put his foot on the gas and was soon approaching 100 miles an hour. Then he came to his senses and pulled over.

As the policeman approached, the man started to apologize when the officer said, “Look, it's 5:15PM on a sunny Friday afternoon and my shift ends in a few minutes. If you can give me an excuse I haven't heard before. I'll let you go.”

The man replied, “Officer, my wife left me for a policeman six years ago, and when I saw you in my mirror I thought you were trying to bring her back to me.”

With this the officer closed his ticket book and waved the man on.

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere.

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   Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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I Saw Three Ships

I saw three ships come sailing in,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw three ships come sailing in,
On Christmas Day in the morning.
And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?
And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day in the morning?

Mary mild and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Mary mild and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day in the morning.
And all the bells on earth did ring,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the bells on earth did ring,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the Angels in Heav'n did sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the Angels in Heav'n did sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.
Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day in the morning!

"I Saw Three Ships" midi courtesy of - 12/01/06

"I Saw Three Ships" lyrics courtesy of - 12/02/06

Image of Three Ships courtesy of - 12/05/06

Animated Ship Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/03/03

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Poinsettia courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 12/06/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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