TSPS ‘Tokyo Tiller’ and Press Clippings Dating Back to the ’60s

1965 COW
Bridge members from the 1965 Change of Watch pose for a group photo

TSPS turned sixty this year, and as part of our preparations for the anniversary party held on June 11, we came into possession of a collection of scrapbooks assembled by Past Commander George Purdy and his wife Midori. Commander Purdy arrived in Japan with U.S occupying forces in 1945 and over the following fifty years, he became a pillar of the expat and business community, starting up many organizations like the Boy Scouts and the original Power Squadron in Yokohama, among others.

The articles in the scrapbook are largely in good condition and provide an interesting look back at the early years of the squadron, and come from sources such as The Pacific Stars and Stripes, Tokyo Weekender magazine, and The Japan Times. For a full version of a Tokyo Tiller squadron newsletter from 1984, click on the banner below. Additionally, a slideshow of images from the 1965 Change of Watch (see above) can be viewed from this page.

We hope you enjoy the stories below from the Purdy time capsule as much as we did. More will be added soon.

Tokyo Tiller


Shots from 1995 Misaki Spring Rendezvous (Tokyo Tiller, August, 1995)

Fantasy Day on the ‘Indy’ (Tokyo Tiller, August, 1995)

Erie (PA.) Squadron Members Drop in For Lunch (Tokyo Tiller, October, 1991)

Safe Boating Week (Asahi Evening News, June 17, 1963)

Training Cruise (Pacific Stars and Stripes, 1963)

Power Squadron Cites Member (Pacific Stars and Stripes, 1966)

28 TACsters Pass Power Squadron Course (The Tokyo American, February, 1971)

Bob Tufts Named ’76 Power Squadron Commander (Tokyo Weekender, December 1975)

Land Ho! …But the Salty Ones Spurn it for the Sea (Pacific Stars and Stripes, 1960)

Cabin Talk – Sailing in Japan? Ah, So: Arranging a Charter (Unknown, December, 1973)


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