Jack Lawrence and Captain Arthur Moore to Receive Honorary Degrees from Merchant Marine Academy, June 20, 2005

Jack Lawrence was too ill to attend the ceremony. Captain Ken Force, the Academy Director of Music accepted the honorary Doctor of Science degree for Lawrence.


Jack LawrenceJack Lawrence
Ninety-three year old Jack Lawrence has had a long and distinguished career in the world of entertainment. Lawrence wrote his first song in 1933, and has continued composing since. Bing, Frank, Ella, Tony, Dinah, Nat, Billie, Patty, Maxene and LaVerne all sang his songs.

Most of us know his big hits such as "Beyond the Sea," "Tenderly," "If I Didn't Care," "All Or Nothing At All," "Linda," and "Ciribiribin."

World War II mariners know him best for writing the words and music to "Heave Ho, My Lads! Heave Ho!" while Band Leader at Sheepshead Bay U.S. Maritime Service Training Station.

Photo of Jack Lawrence in his U.S. Maritime Service uniform, 1943

Since 1943, from the Battle of the Atlantic to Operation Iraqi Freedom, the song has exemplified mariners bravery and dedication to duty: "Give us the goods and we'll deliver."

U.S. Maritime Service recruits learned the song during training at Stations across the country. World War II mariners sing the song today wherever they gather to honor their fallen shipmates. Cadets at the Merchant Marine Academy and the various state Maritime Academies sing "Heave Ho" but have revised the last line to include the women who now go to sea.

Heave Ho! My Lads! Heave Ho!

Give us the oil, give us the gas
Give us the shells, give us the guns.
We'll be the ones to see them thru.
Give us the tanks, give us the planes.
Give us the parts, give us a ship.
Give us a hip hoo-ray!
And we'll be on our way.

Heave Ho! My Lads, Heave Ho!
It's a long, long way to go.
It's a long, long pull with our hatches full,
Braving the wind, braving the sea,
Fighting the treacherous foe;
Heave Ho! My lads, Heave Ho!
Let the sea roll high or low,
We can cross any ocean, sail any river.
Give us the goods and we'll deliver,
Damn the submarine!
We're the men of the Merchant Marine!
[We're the American Merchant Marine!]

book coverJack Lawrence published his memoirs, "They All Sang My Songs," late in 2004.

In his book he outlines the story of his life, the stories behind many of his songs, and goes behind the scenes in Hollywood and the music industry. For example, the "Linda" who inspired his hit song of the same name went on to marry one of the Beatles.

Lawrence lives in Connecticut.

Jack Lawrence website

Order Jack's book at Amazon: They All Sang My Songs

Captain Arthur MooreCaptain Arthur Moore
Captain Arthur Moore is author of the most comprehensive book on World War II merchant marine casualties: A Careless Word – A Needless Sinking: A History of the Staggering Losses Suffered by the U.S. Merchant Marine, both in Ships and Personnel, during World War II, published by the American Merchant Marine Museum, Kings Point, NY.

Captain Moore, a veteran of World War II Merchant Marine realized that no one had documented the terrible losses of ships and seamen during the War. Twenty years of research in the Naval Archives, National Archives, Maritime Administration, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, shipping companies, unions, and interviews with survivors resulted the publication of the first edition of the book in 1983.

Photo of Arthur Moore from his book, 1993

The seventh edition of 706 pages was published in 1998. His extraordinary research continues today.

His book includes ship photos, descriptions of the attacks, sinkings, rescues, and lifeboat voyages. For some ships which had no survivors, he provides an account of the attack from enemy documents. His book includes the names of men killed, thereby providing a source of information and closure to families who lost their loved ones, and knew nothing of the circumstances.

Moore book coverCaptain Moore sailed as Cadet and officer during World War II and stayed at sea until retirement.

The crew of his last ship presented him with six volumes of Samuel Eliot Morison's History of Naval Operations in World War II. This gift inspired him to begin his research into the history of Merchant Marine losses.

Maritime historians consider this monumental work "the bible" on the subject. Careless Word is out-of-print, and booksellers ask hundreds of dollars for scarce copies of the book.

Captain Moore lives in Maine.