On May 17, 1984, Marvin Creamer returned to Cape May with his 36-foot Globe Star,
having accomplished what no other person had done. Captain Marvin Creamer circumnavigated
the globe without the use of navigational instruments! He used no GPS, compass, sextant
or even a clock! Creamer's departure and triumphant return took place on the Delaware
River at National Park, NJ, so this spot was chosen for a 25-year celebration of that
Sunday started out rainy, but the rain stopped before noon and, except for
cool breezes, the weather cooperated.
Primary focus of the occasion was of course Captain Marvin Creamer. He flew in from his
retirement home in North Carolina but assured the crowd of admirers that he felt very much
at home in South Jersey where he lived for 87 years. Reporter McAneny wrote in Today's Sunbeam,
"Creamer is a twenty-something explorer who has never grown into his 93-year-old body. He
is vibrant, full of life and energy."
Today's Sunbeam, May 18, 2009.
Upper photos courtesy Liz Lourie, www.70point8percent.blogspot.com
Phil Miller, a longtime friend of Creamer, served as Master of Ceremonies.
Municipal Clerk Patricia Frontino presented a proclamation signed by the Mayor and City Council of Glassboro to Marvin Creamer.
Relatives and friends embraced
Next five photos courtesy Mary Alice Creamer
Bill Kephart, Director of the Heritage Glass Museum in Glassboro, brought the hourglass that was used on the Globe Star voyage for display.
There were many other displays including numerous medals, plaques, citations, photographs, newspaper clippings and magazine articles.
All were invited to sign a guest book which Phil Miller presented to Creamer.
They also signed a petition for his induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, which was later presented to NJ Governor Jon Corzine.
Ralph Harvey showed Power Point presentations of Marvin Creamer's earlier voyages and the Globe Star voyage. A new DVD was also
introduced which contains these Power Points, two lengthy podcast interviews which Creamer made for www.FurledSails.com, and
most importantly, it includes Creamer's yet unpublished book, The Voyage of the Globe Star, in PDF, Microsoft Word and
text formats. Anyone wishing to purchase one of these may place an order here
Globe Star DVD.
The celebration concluded with an hour-long concert of the renowned Pitman Hobo Band, which included several numbers with
fitting maritime themes.
Cake, pretzels, chips and soft drinks were available to all and an efficient team of helpers made over 80 subs/hoagies for
band members and other guests. Our special thanks to Joan Miller, Verna Harvey, Susan and Dan Jenkins and a number of others
who helped set up, serve, clean and pack everything away.
Guests came from near and far. One family drove 12 hours from Indiana just for this occasion and returned immediately
afterwards. We were especially happy that Marvin's family was able to attend. It was a memorable occasion for all!
||A special thanks to State Senator and President of the Board
of Freeholders, Stephen Sweeney, and to Gloucester County Parks and Recreation for the use of the Red Bank
Battlefield Park. This was the third time Creamer was honored on this historic spot.
Our thanks also goes to Columnist Bob Shryock, of the Gloucester
County Times, who did a fantastic job covering Creamer's departure in 1982, the voyage itself, and his return in 1984.
Shryock also wrote a
about the 25-year celebration and interviewed the webmaster of this site about Creamer on his TV show.
Several websites carried stories and announcements about the 25-year celebration. Mark Pillsbury wrote
"A Toast to Marvin" in the June issue of Cruising World, and the website
Afloat, in Ireland, also paid tribute to Creamer.