A Night Aboard the S.S. Stevens
I was in the Air Force ROTC program. We had a dining in and it began to snow quite heavily so they announced that any commuters, of which I was one, could stay over for the night on the newly arrived SS Stevens. It was not yet open as a dorm. They gave us each a pillow and some blankets and welcomed us aboard. There may have been 20 of us there.
Myself and two other fraternity brothers decided to explore the boat. Nothing seemed to be locked so we went everywhere, including climbing down a ladder all the way to the bottom of the ship. They had wisely unbolted the drive shaft from the propeller. I grabbed one of the bolts lying on the floor. I still have it (photo attached). A few other keepsakes were acquired, which were nicely concealed in the pillow case when I left the boat in the morning.
This adventure also reminds me of Dean of Students, Richard Eversen. He was instrumental in obtaining the boat and bringing it to Stevens for a dorm. A great guy that I got to know pretty well. We would often be invited into his residence for a drink or two. Many times we were joined by Doc Taylor. I miss them both.
- Roger Kellman '70