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Nelson Poynter Memorial Library -- Catalogs; Florida -- Archival resources; Archives -- Florida -- Catalogs; World War, 1939-1945 -- United States; United States Maritime Service -- Training Station St. Petersburg -- History; St. Petersburg (Fla.) -- History; St. Petersburg (Fla.) -- Photographs; Bayboro Harbor; Local and Regional History Provenance


Commander David S. Goddard arrived at the United States Maritime Training School at Government Island, near Alameda, California, in 1940. He enrolled in one of the first classes at that facility to train licensed officers for the Merchant Marine. He then served aboard the USMSTS American Sailor when that vessel was commissioned as a training ship in the summer of 1941. After receiving a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant, Goddard also spent time at the Maritime Service Training Station at Port Hueneme, California, during the summer of 1942. This facility, dedicated in August 1941, was modeled on the recently opened maritime campus at Bayboro Harbor. After serving as leading officer on the ship American Engineer, he came to St. Petersburg and took on high level responsibilities at the Bayboro Harbor facility. Goddard returned to Alameda in February 1946 to serve as Executive Officer at Government Island.



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