Friday, July 8, 2011

On the Waterfront

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.

18 comments:

  1. I only recently found out that I was named Cheryl for the tugboat Cheryl Ann...My older sister already had the middle name of Ann so my mother refused Ann as my middle name. Recently, as my Dad lay in his bed at the nursing home, he mentioned that the day I was born, the nurses tagged me as Tugboat Annie...What? Never heard this...called my mom....she'd also never heard of this..only that he insisted on naming me Cheryl...He explained about the mighty little tugboat and how proud he was that I had lived my life as determined as the Cheryl Ann. Just had to share...I thought I was the only person in the world named after a Tugboat!

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  2. I knew that I was named after the tugboat as my dad use to wat5ch this show and decided to name me "Cheryl Ann", I did not tell many people as they would first laugh and then say how cool. I want to get a picture of the boat so that I can mount in a frame to hang. born in October 1957.

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  3. I'm another, born in 1953. Rather than being named for the boat, I got the impression that my middle name of Ann was attributable to my parents (mostly my Dad) liking the two names together. I think the idea for the name Cheryl may have first been my mother's--who thought it was a pretty name when she heard about Lana Turner naming her daughter this. Two hard to top naming stories there.

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  4. I also am named after the tug...Cheryl Ann but my Mom spelled my middle name with an e...but my family has also called me Cheri all my life. Funny to see you go by Cheri too. Only my school day kids called me Cheryl and I still love it when they do!!!

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  5. I was named Cheryl Ann also, born Jan 1956. And i met my best friend in the 6th grade and she is Cheryl Ann after the tugboat too. My family calls me Cheri and when I was in trouble I was called Cheryl Ann.

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  6. I was named after the Cheryl Ann tugboat. I was named Sheryll Ann by my mom. She use to watch the tv show The Waterfront and liked how the name sound. My spelling is different. I always wanted to change my name though. There were never any Sheryll Ann's when I was growing up.

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  7. I am also named after the Tug Boat Cheryl Ann, I was born in 1959. I would love to get a picture and a model of the tug boat some day.

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  8. Me too, born in 1954. Had six Cheryl Ann's in school with me throughout the years.

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  9. I was born in December 1955, and was proudly named by my paternal grandmother Cheryl Ann after the tugboat.

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  10. My wife's name is Cheryl Ann and her mom told her she was named after the tugboat as well. She was born in 1957.

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  11. My name is also Cheryl Ann born in Louisiana 1959. I never thought much about it when my dad told me I was named after a tugboat. I only mentioned it to others if they were also named Cheryl. I am just now researching this and find it amazing. So here's to all the Cheryl's out there! My sister's name is Tracy named after my dad's favorite actor Spencer Tracy.

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  12. My mother was named Cherylann, after the famous tug boat as well. She was born 7/17/1956

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    1. She was called Cheri by all our family, as well.

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  13. I am named after this tugboat. My Godfather said let's name her Cherylann after the tugboat and my parents said okay.

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  14. My name is Cheryl Ann and I was born in 1958 I was named after the tugboat Chery Ann email me if you where to at cherylklein90@yahoo.com

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  15. My name is Cheryl Ann and I was born in 1959 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I too was named after the tugboat. Guess I wasn't the only one....

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  16. I was named after the tugboat. pronounced CH as in chair ,Cheryl. I was born Dec. 1955

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  17. I too was named after the tugboat. My parents pronounced my name with the hard "ch" like chair as well. (my father is from Texas and the hard "ch" tends to be a southern usage.) I just found the DVD of the series and on that the name is pronounced with a soft "sh" like shirt.

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