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Scientology on the High Seas: Ringing in 20 A.D. with the Commodore!


On November 18, we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard’s previously unpublished “Orders of the Day,” which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Mediterranean.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 January 1 through 7 during those years.

After the jump, LRH is not pleased with conditions aboard his yacht…


January 3: The yacht’s in bad shape? Turn in your shipmates!


If you are wondering what happened to get a low condition on the ship and sudden drills, the mystery is solved.

This ship could not go to sea in a dead calm.

False reports and illness are apparent.

We got rid of highly enturbulative elements and we are down to finding the free loaders who do no work and thus overload the rest of us.

From my educated viewpoint, a ship can’t stand a high condition. It may have earned it. When it gets it, it violates it and it becomes a false assignment.

I only have to find a few areas of sloth in a ship to realize it is unsafe and is just about to have a big catastrophe. I prefer to act before the situation is hopeless.

It is not hopeless yet. You will know when it is when I stop trying to put it right.

We have been too long in port.

The way to get the ship back up is to find and do your own job well. Knock off the false reports, the loaf and the 2D and the ship will come back to normal.

Right now I wouldn’t take this ship 10 feet down the dock, much less to sea.

And in the future, I’ll see she moves more often.

When just a few of us start carrying the majority on their backs, it’s time to act.

The things that set this off were:

1. Finding that we were not incorporated for Greece when I had a false report it was all set.

2. A false report from the Public Officer VIPs had accepted for Boxing Day when the invitations had just been tossed into their offices; this caused an entire review of relations thinking something was wrong.

3. Finding Sue Payer had violated her orders in the Children’s squad, was teaching them without checksheets, had 2D going with Berry amongst other things.

4. M. Douglas falsely “holding the post” of coxswain yet not even getting up.

5. Sickness and enturbulation in II not handled by 2nd Mate.

These caused me to start looking very hard and the completely messy “readineess for sea” clinched it.

I am sure there are good areas in the ship. I’m also sure they’re carrying an awful overload as the areas flanking them let them down.

There’s no misemotion about this. It’s just you can’t get this bad and still live.

Any cooperation in catching this ball will be appreciated.

And PLEASE send me names of candidates for the Mud Box Brigade. If somebody consistently loafs or is invisible or is not pulling his weight, let me know so we can at least clean up the bilges.



January 1: A tribute to the commodore from Captain Bill Robertson

AD 20
from the Captain, Officers and crew of Yacht Apollo.

“This planet has swung now 20 times
Around its sun, called Sol.”

“And in this short span of time has come

“Keep it Standard,
Carry it on.”

“But most of all
Thank you, RON.”

Captain W. B. Robertson
Captain Yacht Apollo


January 1: LRH rings in the new year…

OLD 1970

So Good-bye 1970.

It was a tough year on the world.

But it was a great year for development. Both tech and Admin research results were the greatest since 1950. All the years contributed but the payoff was 1970.

So happy 1971, AD 21. Let’s make the new tools take the world.


If we can get our tech known and applied now in both Tech and Admin Tech, 1971, AD21 will be a very fine year.

So I wish you a good year, good luck and good postulates!


January 2: LRH decides to share a tribute sent to him by Lt. Cmdr. Joan Robertson:

Dear Sir,

Like you, I am burying the old year and not praising it–


Thank you for the wild and wonderful year we have just finished

for restoring all Tech
for restoring Power
for OT VII
for the Sanity Tech Breakthrough
for Ext Intensive
for the C/S Series
for the EP’s
for revitalizing training
for all the other Brilliant Tech Breakthroughs.

And thank you for the Tech of Admin–
for restoring all Policy
for the Bureaux
for the FEBC, HC, OEC–
Supervisor Courses
for Exec Dirs
the Org Boards,
for the Aides Conferences
the personal Conferences
the Data Series
the Personnel Series
the Org Series
the PR Series
this Brillian Management system
the Org and Product Officer System.

Your help on ship lines and to me as an Aide, an officer, a Con, and as a Being.

And for your trust in me in letting me help.

I pledge again my love, loyalty, devotion and work.

A very Happy New Year — Sir!

January 3: Friendly ports are getting harder to find…


We rapped out the mileage and as I write this we apparently will have our day’s stats at the end.

One day and two nights at sea compared to two days and two nights.

It was a fairly comfortable run.

I like this port we’ll be in as you read this. The officials have always been pleasant and obliging, the people great, and they don’t push people around.

Some aboard don’t like it. Smells of fish they say. Well, I prefer the smell of fish and saw dust to the smell of tourists.

I’ll never forget the relief and cheer we once felt when driven by the sea and the height of the Smersh campaign this port welcomed us.

It always has been friendly and decent. Not being shoved out to anchor “to make room for the great Tourist Liner BUNKO and the Tanker SS Stinko.”

We’re off the beaten track here. The Phoenicians, Carthoginians and Portuguese have left their traces. And these people still go on.

I’am changing our scheduling after the next port after this.

Be nice to these people, they’re your friends.

Be nice to this port. I consider it an Affinity haven.


Sounds like Punic heaven, what with those “Carthoginian” touches and all…

Until next week, may you have calm seas, Scientology watchers!

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

@VoiceTonyO | Facebook: Tony Ortega


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