Charles Leeuwenburg

Profile Updated: March 14, 2017
Residing In: Morehead City, NC USA
Spouse/Partner: Dolores Femia Leeuwenburg
Homepage: www.wcleeuwenburg.com
Children: None
Occupation: Marine Transportation Consultant
Years You Attended (19??):

1970-1971

What Class Were You In When Attending CMA?

Freshman

Cell Phone :

252-808-5432

Comments:

New Hanover High School - Wilmington, NC ' 73

UNC-Wilmington '78 (BA)

Retired US Merchant Marine -'98

President W. C. Leeuwenburg, Inc.
Marine Cargo Surveyors - 1998 to present

School Story:

The funniest thing I remember were the dances and mixers we had with the girls of Vardell Hall. The steely-eyed matrons stood on the sidelines of the CMA gym and watched over their charges. When some of the older cadets would dance too close for their comfort, they would place a balloon as a buffer between the dance partners! Of course at 14 years old, I was just starting to discover girls!

Have you attended A CMA Reunion?

Yes

What Year Reunion Did You Attend?

2009 Charlotte, NC - My 1st and not my last!

How Did You Find The CMA Website?

Surfing The WEB

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who

I've been in touch with Bill Bradham and Cary Fowler. Also had lunch with Wessley Rushing in Laurinburg after the Clyde Parrish dedication.

Why Were You A Cadet At CMA?

I was a rather "spirited" youth and my parents thought that Military School would be just what I needed. Sent there as punishment, little did they know that I would love my time at CMA. I really surprised them when I asked to return the following school year. Much to my dissatisfaction, they returned my to the public school system - I should have acted as though I hated Military School!

Did You Have A Nickname at CMA?

"W. C."

Fondest Memories of CMA:

My friends and classmates and having had the pleasure of knowing staff members Clyde Parrish, Johnny Joseph and Phil Shaw (who let me play in the photo darkroom).

What Company Were You In?

Band Company

Who Was Your Roommate?

Clay Leak, Cary Fowler and Billy Stephens

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Welcome aboard Gilbert. I was also at CMA for the 70-71 school year.

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Hey Charles - Happy Birthday to my old boss! See you around Wrightsville Beach sometime soon!

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A short video of a dive on two wrecks offshore of Wrightsville Beach, NC.
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A short video of a recent dive made on an old dredge that sunk off the coast of Wrightsville Beach in the late 1940's.
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Color Guard during the 1971 commencement parade. I'm the one in the foreground carrying the rifle at left shoulder arms. Dennis Price (Southport, NC) is carrying the CMA flag and Robert Page (Fayetteville, NC) has the Stars & Stripes. The cadet at the far end of the formation is Justin McKensie.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Yours truly being scrutinized by "Sparky" the watchdog at one of the shipping terminals that my company services.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Being debriefed and dressed down by my jumpmaster after a horrible performance in the air over Henderson Field - Wallace, NC.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Presenting the Captain and crew aboat the M/V BAKU from Istanbul, Turkey the happy ship award!
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:46 AM
At 57, I still enjoy spearfishing although freediving to 60 feet is now more like a dream than a reality. Here I am with a nice sheephead I shot under the ship docks in Morehead City, NC.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Here I am working as the guest conductor on the excursion train running between Morehead City and New Bern during the Morehead city's 150th birthday celebration.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:46 AM
One of the fun things about the state fair is having a drawing done! Here is am with my wife DJ.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:46 AM
My wife gave me this - She says it looks like me!
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:46 AM
In addition to my day job, I've been known to play "Railroad Conductor" for special events. I am receiving instructions from my wife, Dee Jaye.
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A short video of a dive on two wrecks offshore of Wrightsville Beach, NC.
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Charles Leeuwenburg

A short video of a recent dive made on an old dredge that sunk off the coast of Wrightsville Beach in the late 1940's.
Posted: Apr 01, 2014 at 10:41 AM

The Working Waterfront

Longshoremen handling train rail at the Port of Morehead City, NC "Show us how it's done!"
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Chaz's World - October 2013

A brief glimpse into the undersea world of Chaz Leeuwenburg, retired merchant seaman and now marine cargo surveyor / transportation consultant, animal lover, blogger, self-appointed port ambassador, sport scuba diver and very amateur filmmaker. Enjoy a spin around the "HYDE," a decommissioned dredge intentionally sunk as an artificial reef by the North Carolina Dept. of Fisheries in 1988 and located within easy reach via Masonboro Inlet - Wightsville Beach, NC.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 6:44 PM

A Dip in the Water With Chaz Leeuwenburg

I've noticed that a camera often brings out the hidden showman in many people. In this short film, I caught up with a couple of spirited divers while diving on the "HYDE" and "MARKHAM," decommisioned dredges intentionally sunk as artificial reefs in 80 feet of water and located about 23 miles off the coast of Wrightsville Beach, NC on September 8, 2013. Even the fish appear a little playful.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 6:42 PM

CHAZ'S WORLD - 20 OCT 2013 INSTALLMENT

Diving the artificial reef "HYDE" on October 20th, 2013,
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Heavy Lift at the Port of Wilmington, NC

A large piece of equipment known as a "Ball Mill" is rolled off the RO-RO vessel "SAUDI HOFUF" at the NC State Port - Wilmington and then lifted aboard an inland deck barge for a trip down the intercoastal waterway for storage in Charleston, SC. After the 2012 Christmas holidays, the barge will backtrack north to Georgetown, SC and be transloaded to a 9-axil low-boy tractor / trailer rig for an overland trip about 110 miles inland to Haile Gold Mine in Kershaw, SC.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Heavy lift at the Port of Georgetown, SC

A large piece of equipment known as a "Ball Mill" is lifted off a deck barge by the floating crane "CHARLESTON GIANT" at the Port of Georgetown and then transloaded to a 13-axil low-boy tractor / trailer rig for an overland trip about 110 miles inland to Haile Gold Mine in Kershaw, SC.