Scientology on the High Seas: Hubbard Welcomes the New Meat!


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we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard’s previously unpublished “Orders of the Day,” which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Mediterranean.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 19 through 25 during those years.

After the jump, Hubbard surveys his latest land purchase and welcomes new recruits…

[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.]


February 20: It’s good to be LRH.


I rode the motorcycle Mary Sue gave me for Christmas out to see some property we bought.

Arthur Hubbard, my test rider and mechanic in chief, acted as guide on his bike. He took me way out in the green countryside on the excuse he didn’t know any other route to the property. We circled back and found the place right on the edge of town. Anything for a ride.

It’s a very nice property. Several apartments, 18 bedrooms on one upper floor, a dozen garages, a big buss garage, four classrooms and a gym, and a lot of other bits. Our sign is up and well lighted at night. our caretaker is a very nice chap.

The place is well built of stone and masonry, quite pretty in fact.

We intended it for light manufacturing but have not put it to use as yet.

We own quite a bit of property over the world. Will be acquiring more as well as some countries.


February 21


Flag is crowded these days.

Berthing is at a premium.

New faces, new actions.

This is the time when it is hard to wear one’s hat because the weaker points on lines have given away.

This is the time that reputations are made and future trust inspired in those who wear their hats and do their jobs. In such times one begins to mark out those who can control their immediate environment and make it and those in it go right.

This is the way future officers and promotions are scheduled.

Reversely this is also the time one notices who couldn’t hold the line or who made a mess of it or who caved in.

Those trying to get the job done note these things. The non production, the absent from post, the flaps as well as the order and high production people are noted.

It all comes straight eventually because those in charge note and support those who make it go right and mark down the others. The go-right guys eventually wind up in charge.

Those who dodge their way and dog it eventually vanish off the lines.

This is YOUR Sea Org. It is as good as you make it.



February 23: New meat!


We appreciate all the new recruits. You are very valuable to us. It permits older hands to move up.

In your turn if you do a good job, you will also be moving up in your time.

You are expected to do the job assigned well and raise its stats.

You are expected to complete your AB, SS I, SS II and Mission School during your study time, which should be about 2 1/2 hours a day during one or another of your study periods.


The magic formula of a going org is

(1) A full, efficient operating HCO

(2) Lots of good producing auditors.

If you have that you also have Course Supers and Tech Execs from the auditors and HCO will give you the rest of the org manned.

Thus, the sign of threatened failure in an org would be

(a) A declining or faulty HCO

(b) Auditors declining in numbers available or in training.

This then is the magic formula to a producing org.

(1) HCO fully hatted itself, fully functioning, efficient and producing.

(2) Lots of auditors flublessly producing and auditors training to become so.

Where any org wants to boom, this is what it has to establish and keep established.

The real stars of the staff team are the auditors and the HCO personnel.

That’s the key to any org.

Well worth knowing to FEBCs and also to Missionaires going out to patch orgs up. All they’d have to do is get auditors and get them producing and get an HCO recruited and hatted hatted hatted and doing its job, especially getting more tech people in training and on post. It would be a long range winning combination.


February 25: Mo’ money!


In LA and now on Flag someone is justifying reserves and prices charged by saying “Ron needs it” or “it goes to repay Ron”.

Now if this were true, great. But it isn’t true. I’ve received no 10%s for ages. An audit of monies owed me by orgs showed about 13 1/2 million pounds some years ago. The SO owes me considerable on funds borrowed from me or funds of mine used. Every effort made to repay me anything always runs into “tax problems” or “exchange problems”. So I long since forgave the 13 1/2 million. Other more recent sums aren’t included.

It takes money to run things and keep the show on the road. A lot of money. Particularly in our expanding scene. It’s all for a worthwhile cause.

But don’t tell FEBCs or anyone else that money goes to me. It is a false report, made probably to excuse higher prices or overcome payment resistance.

The prices charged are for a priceless commodity — personal ability, health and immortality. Group well being. A salvaged planet. Just 21 years ago a 100 billion bucks could not have bought an hour more of life. A few hundred or a few thousand now buys longer body life and personal immortality. So whoever thinks he needs one additional persuasion to pay to keep us going must have poor case reality, a minority amongst us.

A false report surely isn’t needed.

I myself paid for the research. That would have been the costly bit. The wealthy Lockheed just went broke paying for research that was kid stuff.

The actual cost of L10ing someone and giving all grades is close to the price charged. A hundred million would be a low down payment for our org tech.

So realise the value of what’s being bought and sold. What’s the value of health to a suffering man? What’s the value of immortality to an Earthbound eclipsed being?

You’re right. It would be priceless. There isn’t that much money.

It doesn’t go to me. Why Payroll I/C doesn’t even give me a C bonus when my Int Scn and SO stats are in howling affluence.

So lets keep the scene real in all selling and pricing. It’s for priceless results. For the pc. Not for me.

I am in the relaxed frame of mind of owing no one anything and not being worried about what I’m owed. Let’s keep it cool.

(And by the way did you know the psychoanalyst and psychiatrist charge ten times our total fees for delivering a long and agonizing death?)


I’m glad our upstat auditors weren’t inconvenienced by the rolling here at anchor.


It’s good to know LRH was delivering those priceless goods at no benefit to his own purse.

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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