Rockaway Meets China On The M/V Rockaway Belle
M/V Rockaway Belle was launched in Nantong, China on November 29. The ship was named in honor of more than 70 Rockaway Beach residents, who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. Joseph E. Royce, Chairman, CEO and President of TBS International Limited and owner of the Rockaway Belle treated a group from Rockaway to a tour of Beijing, Xi'An and Shanghai ten days prior to the launching. They also visited the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Olympic Village, the Terracotta Army, City Temple, the Bund and the Shanghai Museum. Pictured from left to right are Marty McManus, George Pullis, Peter Patterson, Tome Johnston, Keiran Burke, Eddie Boggiano, Joe Royce, Rich Marquardt, Jody McMurray, Kenny Hegarty and Joe Gardner.