I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, to the gull's way
and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
and all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,

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A toast to our departed shipmates:

"They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them...."

  THE 2004 SABALO REUNION at Saratoga Springs USSV Convention:

1. There was a Sabalo hospitality suite for meeting, socializing, and reviewing Sabalo history, documents and others materials at the Gideon Putnam Hotel.  Liquid refreshments were enjoyed.  Hats, shirts and other Sabalo merchandise was for sale.  Any proceeds realized go to continuing communications and organizing for future reunions. [Ck the 'Ship's Store' for offerings.]

2. At 7 P.M. on Friday 17 September most of the shipmates who were in Saratoga Springs met for dinner at  Gaffney's Restaurant located at  16 Caroline St. All attending ordered from the menu and bar as desired. 
The restaurant's site:

List of attendees in Saratoga Springs
Jeff Owens  67-69
Gene Merrill  59-60
Dave Follo + wife  68-69
David "Red" Padgett + Therese
Frank McCoy + bro Ed 68-69
Les Peters + guest 58-61
Michael Elzinga + Connie 59-61
Jack Jarvies + Rose  60-61
Tom Roush  57-61
Bill Weisensee + Nancy  57-58
Larry Douglas + Barbara  55-57
John Baker + Karen 64-68
Joe Bergwerk  51-53
Jim Palmer + Bertha 51-53

Official Souvenirs - Registered convention attendees received: a US Submarine Veterans gym bag; an umbrella (needed for the heavy rains from hurricane Ivan); A refrigerator magnet replicating the convention patch; a special aluminum bank designed by the host base depicting the submarine force and the convention; Saratoga Water; free pass to Welcoming Part+ Shuttle Trolleys+ US Navy Band Concert; restaurant and shop discounts; a Convention Book. ( see photo below).


DATES: The convention opened on Tuesday 13 September and ended on Saturday 18 Sept.

ATTENDANCE:  Final counts were as high as 2,200 submariners.  Some estimates were slightly lower.

PARADE:  The Parade on Saturday the 18th included  6 or 7 Submarine floats; several local school bands; Active Duty Sailors from the Naval Nuclear Training Facility and the Groton Sub Base.  Groton Sub School students formed a brigade that carried the Lost Boat Flags.  Numerous Base contingents and many sub vets marched.  It might have been the largest parade of all sub vets ever held.
REUNIONS: There were reunions for at least 31 boats.
BUDGET: There was a $200,000 budget, including $60,000 revenue from the local Community. Actually, the City Budgeted $30,000, the County $15,000 and the State has pledged $10-15,000, however legal restrictions on government expenditures will probably only yield $45,000 of government funds, and $15,000 raised from others.   Extraordinary expenses:  $8000 for Parade; $22,000 room rate subsidy; Airport shuttle $3,000 and Local SUBVET Shuttles $11,000

The host Base and the community did a great job of planning and setting up things to do.


The dust has settled on the 2004 convention and the Albany-Saratoga Sub Vets and community of Saratoga Springs would like to thank you for the privilege of hosting you in our fair city.

Please click on the below link for some sights and sounds of the 2004 convention.  Judging from the comments, it seems like it was a great success.  We hope to see you back in Saratoga with your boat reunions soon.

Thank you!!

George Gasser                                                Gavin Landry
2004 USSVI Convention Chairman                 President
Albany/Saratoga Base                                     Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau

2004 Convention Highlights

Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau
10 Railroad Place
Suite 100
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866