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Scientology on the High Seas: LRH on the "Wogworld!"

Scientology on the High Seas: LRH on the "Wogworld!"

In November we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Mediterranean. Our documents cover the period from late 1968 through 1971, and this time we're looking at what was happening the week of February 12 through 18 during those years.

After the jump, Hubbard threatens to hunt down a violator with sec-checking...

[Confused? Go here for our primer, "What is Scientology?" For recent controversies in the church, check out our stories on Debbie Cook, secrets of the Super Power Building, and spying on Tom Cruise. We know these 40-year-old ship's documents aren't for everyone, but they've been giving us some interesting insights into the mind of Hubbard as he ran Scientology from a yacht in the Mediterranean. Check back here often for more breaking news about the church.]


1971

February 12: Hey, I remember getting tossed by that temblor. And don't let the Commodore down -- wear your hat, sailor!

CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE

D/G US Bob Thomas informs us Org personnel are safe and secure in the California Earthquake. We telexed back expressing our concern and appreciation.

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HAT KNOCK OFF

You can't be Comm Eved for failing to follow an illegal order. You sure can be for departing from policy issues.

Orders don't equal orders equal orders. That's the road to disaster. Some orders are senior to others. A dock worker telling youto put on your jacket is not the same as your division head telling you to do so.

Similarly a "senior" giving you orders contrary to your hat is knocking your hat off. He may have no idea what your hat is. If you follow such an illegal order and fail to follow the policy in your hat, you could be for it.

Orders are not orders are orders are orders.

You have policy to keep things straight. If policy doesn't cover, request clarification. If you are doing something other than your hat, sooner or later it will catch up to you.

Seniors should have a list of the hats and their duties of every one on a ship and know them.

Unless such a list exists and you are foolish enough to accept a hat misinterpretation, not only you but all of us are at risk.

I count on you to wear your hat as laid down by P/Ls, FOs, CBOs, FSOs and HCOBs.

Don't let me down.

LRH, COMMODORE

February 14: LRH was relying on Ann Tidman to "groove" in some new messengers. He'd be relying on her even more when she was known as Annie Broeker and he was spending his last years in seclusion at Creston Ranch.

NEW COMMODORES MESSENGERS

MOLLY MCBRIDE and CLARISSE BARNETT are appointed Commodore's Messengers.

They are cadets in rank and wear a blue lanyard. When they have done their AB, Mission School 2nd Class, SSI and SSII, if they perform duty well, they will be made midhshipmen.

Anne Tidman as Cmdr's Messenger I/C will assign their watches and groove them in (Terri Gillham is on Mission).

Molly McBride and Clarisse Barnett should turn over any duties they have to the next in line on their posts and groove them in so as not to leave a hole. A poor turnover of former post can drag one back into it as Mr. Warren has learned lately to his sorrow!

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LRH, COMMODORE

February 15

FIRE

Whoever threw a lighted cigarette into a box of shavings at the top of the HCI stairs, please report to HCO and save a lot of sec-checking. Fire on ships can be pretty deadly.

Thanks to Robert Williamson for noting the smoke and David Gwillim for finding it and putting it out.

Williamson's earlier condition assignment and pay loss is cancelled.

Gwillim may have a 24 hour Liberty at his time selection.

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RECRUITING

A restudy of recruiting tends to indicate it belongs in Ship orgs. It is their most cash convertible product. It is the most neglected area that promises the most trouble if not handled.

AOs and CLOs and OTLs would be credited with cash by a ship for all recruits sent it and AOs and CLOs would credit the ship for furnishing trained SO personnel.

Otherwise I cannot see how a ship would earn its allocation.

Been working on it to see if it is the right answer.

The actual value of a trained SO member is very high, yet is to being assigned a value.

The wogworld tends to impress on people that the individual has no value. Welfare states deplore having people.

Yet we run on and because of people.

The value is actually too high to be calculated easily. Because value to self is all the wide world thinks of. Value to the group is discounted. Yet the whole value of a being is to his group and not to himself at all.

The aberrated think of modern times says one has no real value to the group. Yet that is a being's greatest value.

We should work more on these lines in a practical sense.

LRH, COMMODORE

Did you catch that cute little threat about sec-checking? Out here in the wogworld, we call that "interrogation."


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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