Military Sealift Command Photos


The photos on this page will take you back to Roman times…2000 years ago.  In June 1982 while Waccamaw was anchored in the port of Izmir, Turkey, I had the opportunity to visit Ephesus. With Turkey being under martial law, two Turkish secret service agents were assigned to travel with our group. Without their help in getting through road blocks, travel would have been impossible. It was an overcast rainy day, but what a wonderful experience to walk the very streets where the Virgin Mary and St. John spent their last years. Ephesus is probably the best place in the world to get the feeling of biblical times. This is where the Virgin Mary traveled with St. John after the crucifixion of Christ. Apostle Paul also had an extended ministry at Ephesus until a riot forced him to leave the city. There was a public outcry against him by goldsmith craftsmen because they thought this new religion could ruin their business. They made their living by selling statues of Artemis to visiting Pilgrims. In later years, Christianity replaced the worship of Artemis and the other deities. 
Note: All photos were taken by me in June 1982.

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Virgin Mary's house
Virgin Mary's house was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1896, and since then it has become a popular place of pilgrimage.
Virgin Mary's house
Close view of Virgin Mary's house, Ephesus.




St. John's grave, Ephesus
St. John's grave, Ephesus (Ayasulk Hill) Selcuk.




Basilica of St. John and the inner castle.
Basilica of St. John and the inner castle.
It is thought to be here that St. John wrote his gospel, and was buried in the church bearing his name in accordance with his dying wishes.
Theater where St. Paul preached
This is the theater where St. Paul preached. It was originally a 3C BC Hellenistic theater which was later restored, and expanded to a seating capacity of 24,000 in the 1C AD by the Romans.
Celsus Library, gateway to commercial Agora
Celsus Library, gateway to commercial Agora. The Celsus Library was built by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, the proconsul of the Province of Asia.
Street of the Curettes
Street of the Curettes with the Celsus Library at the far end.





Turkish secret service agents that traveled with our group
These are the two Turkish secret service agents that traveled with us on tour. Turkey was under martial law and travel was difficult.


Marble streets
Marble streets

Probably some type of bath house
This was near the Virgin Mary's house. It's probably some type of bath house. The Romans were noted for their bath houses.
 Ephesus scene
Not sure about this scene

General view of Ephesus
General view of Ephesus
The Hadrian Temple
The Hadrian Temple was built in the 2C AD and renovated in the 4C AD in the name of the Emperor Hadrian.








Sarcophagus outside the Ephesus Museum.
This sarcophagus was outside the Ephesus Museum










Statue of Artemis
Statue of Artemis. This was the statue that cause the riots and St. Paul had to flee Ephesus. If the people converted to Christianity, they would no longer buy them and the craftsmen would be out of a job.
Note: This photo was taken at the Ephesus Museum in Selcuk.
MESSAGE TO EPHESUS Revelations 2: 1 - 7
MESSAGE TO EPHESUS
Revelations 2: 1 - 7

This plaque is posted at the entrance to Ephesus.








USNS WACCAMAW (T-AO 109): At 0600 hours on the morning of 17 April 1982, Waccamaw received a distress signal from a Yugoslavian oil freighter that was on fire and approximately nine miles away. When we arrived on scene, the ship was on fire and going around in circles. Later it was learned that the captain was unable to stop the ship and turned the wheel hard right and locked in place. The ship carried a crew of 16 and most had been in the water for 2-3 hours. The first mate refused to leave his captain onboard and he had to throw him bodily into the sea. After the crew was safely onboard Waccamaw, they were checked by the ship's nurse (Teddy Johnson), fed and given clothes. All appeared to be in good condition. The Waccamaw crew donated $786 to the Yugoslavians after reaching the port of Alexandria, Egypt.

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Yugoslavian ship on fire Waccamaw rescue crew Preparing to come along side Waccamaw. Bringing rescued sailors aboard Waccamaw.
Yugoslavian ship
"Kristo Murinovic" on fire.
Waccamaw rescue crew. Preparing to come along side Waccamaw. Bringing rescued sailors aboard Waccamaw.
Yugoslavian crew Message of gratitude to the crew of the USNS Waccamaw from the Embassy of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavian AB Nick Karavatakis getting ready to fire the shot line Refueling from the Waccamaw's port side.
Yugoslavian crew getting ready to depart the Waccamaw in Alexandria. Egypt. Message of gratitude to the crew of the USNS Waccamaw from the Embassy of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavian for saving the complete crew. AB Nick Karavatakis getting ready to fire the shot line over to a navy ship coming along side for fuel. He was from Mytilene, Greece and living in Louisiana. Refueling from the Waccamaw's port side.
       
Refueling from Waccamaw's lower deck. Waccamaw cake, 4th of July 1982 Cook out on the fantail Herbert Pope, Waccamaw's supply officer
Refueling. This picture was taken from Waccamaw's lower deck. Waccamaw cake, 4th of July 1982. We celebrated at sea with a cookout on the fantail. Cook out on the fantail. The officer in Khaki shorts is Waccamaw's Master, Mr. Stephen Aspiotis. The lady behind the grill smoke is the ship's 2nd Mate. The officer in khakis is Herbert Pope, Waccamaw's supply officer. He was a retired SKC.
Herbert Pope and Ken Brown Ken Brown and Vern Churchill Waccamaw at anchor in Antalya,Turkey Troy, Margo and Ken on deck of Waccamaw
Herbert Pope and myself. I believe he was from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Having a meal in Antalya, Turkey with my good friend, Vern Churchill, from Pensacola, Florida. He was retired from the Marine Corps. Waccamaw at anchor in Antalya,Turkey My wife, Margo and son, Troy. This was taken on the day of Waccamaw's return from the Mediterranean in August 1982.