I have always known that I was named after a tugboat. The Cheryl Ann was the hardworking tugboat docked at Berth 14 in San Pedro Harbor on the maritime adventure series “Waterfront,” which ran from 1954 to 1956 (the year I was born). The Cheryl Ann was operated by Captain John Herrick (Preston Foster) and crew members Carl Herrick (Douglas Dick), Tip Hubbard (Pinky Tomlin) and Willie Slocum (Willie Best). Other Tugs on the scene were the "Belinda" and the "Isabel."
John Herrick was the captain of the tug Cheryl Ann. His family consisted of wife May, police detective son Jim, and the crew of the tug, his son Carl, Tip and Willie. The stories revolved around the family and various criminals encountered around the harbor.
It’s pretty clear that my parents weren’t the only ones with the totally brilliant idea of naming their first-born daughter after this hardworking, adventurous, dare I say crime-solving tugboat.
Case #1: There were five Cheryl’s in my combined sixth-grade class.
Case #2: In the 10 minutes it took me to research “Waterfront” I found multiple Cheryl’s out in cyberspace – all claiming the same namesake. One has even established an online site for Cheryl’s only: http://activerain.com/groups/Cheryl .
It’s also pretty clear that several of these Cheryl Ann’s out there are now between the ages of, say 50 and 56, and thinking about retiring. If your name is Cheryl Ann, after the legendary tugboat, I’d like to hear from you.
I found photos of a model of the Cheryl Ann (sincere thanks go to Wes Whitlinger at http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/Modellers/Wes/1ndex.htm) which I have added to this page. Seems a shame I waited so long to research the tugboat that is my namesake.