Lil’ Toot


Captain Fred doing some touch up work on Lil Toot. She’ll be back in action this Friday.

Morning Song


Big crowd at the harbor Saturday to watch Morning Song, go into the water for the first time. It took 25 years to build it in Ken & Loretta Minor’s backyard.

SBMM ED Greg Gorga Presents to the Lompoc Valley Historical Society

Greg Gorga and Karen Paaske

Yesterday SBMM ED Greg Gorga gave a presentation on the Honda Tragedy to more than 60 members of the Lompoc Valley Historical Society.

PHOTO- Greg Gorga with LVHS Director Karen Paaske next to an anchor from the USS Chauncey, one of seven destroyers that sank at Honda Point in 1923.


Retired SBCC Faculty Member Mike Von Alvensleben Inducted Into Commercial Diving Hall of Fame

Mike Von Alvensleben is the ninth individual from Santa Barbara to be inducted into the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame. (SBCC Marine Diving Technology Department photo)

Santa Barbara City College’s Marine Diving Technology Department has announced that retired faculty member Mike Von Alvensleben has been inducted into the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame at the recent Association of Diving Contractors annual convention in New Orleans, La.

A former commercial diver and member of the U.S. Navy UDT/SEAL Team 12, Von Alvensleben began training professional commercial divers at SBCC in 1983.

Upon his retirement, he established the Kirby Morgan Professional Dive Center in Santa Maria, which trains law enforcement and public safety dive teams.

Von Alvensleben joins nine other pioneering Santa Barbara divers into the prestigious Commercial Diving Hall of Fame. The trophy is currently on display at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

SBCC Professor of Marine Technology Don Barthelmess said, “Mike is an outstanding diver, dedicated colleague and instructor. He created the molds that helped shape thousands of diver’s careers and made our industry and program safer.”

— Don Barthelmess is a professor in the SBCC Marine Diving Technology Department.

Dredger in the Fog

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There is a dredger in that fog. Fog is making it difficult to get some fishing in and so is the dredger. The SB harbor is now open for vessels with a shallow draft, but is still closed to those with a deeper draft. Dredging continues this week.

Lady Hamilton at SBMM


From left to right is Past Board President Ken Clements, current Board Member Elsbeth Kleen, Jimmy Young and Jeney Young (former owner of McConnell’s Ice Cream, and Greg Gorga, with a portrait of Lady Hamilton, the mistress of Lord Nelson. Retired British Navy Commander Alex Morrice gave a talk on Lady Hamilton at the SB Yacht Club recently.