It was the middle of the afternoon, on a sunny day in early August of 1952, when we pulled into the bus dock in Bangor, Maine, located next to the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Station. As I got off, I heard people talking about a moose that had run down the main street that morning, but I had my own problems. The Men’s Room in most bus and railroad terminals leaves a lot to be desired and this one was no exception, but now was not the time to complain. It had the usual disgusting engravings, with information on who would do what to whom, and how they could be contacted. The floor was also decorated with toilet paper, and someone forgot to flush, but my needs were urgent, and so I quickly overcame my inhibitions…. Not long after and much relieved, I emerged from the lavatory and looked around trying to get my bearings. Down the street, parked in front of a “No Parking” sign, I could see a blue school bus with “MMA” painted in white lettering above the windshield. This was my first contact with Maine Maritime Academy, the school that would shape my being for a lifetime.
A 1950’s Trailways Bus.
Captain Hank Bracker is the award winning author of “The Exciting Story of Cuba.” He was both a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer and an Army Intelligence Officer, Master Mariner and the gold medal winning author of “Suppressed I Rise.” “Seawater One…” a saga about his life at sea and ashore, will soon to be available from Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, BooksAMillion.com and many Independent Book Stores. Look here for the date of publication!