The Nautics have a new name, but the same old names and stories behind the boat ramps.
The Nautica is one of the few remaining commercial boats on the Pacific Coast, and the name of the boat ramp that houses the boat’s main engines is one that’s often a favorite with local families.
The ramps are a symbol of the Nauts’ legacy, and for some locals, it’s an opportunity to showcase their family’s heritage.
A man who goes by the name “Panda” says the ramps were a way to remember his father, who fought in World War II for the United States Navy.
“They were built by the Navy, so it was kind of like, ‘Hey, this is the Navy’s name,’ ” he said.
“You kind of want to go out and remember him and remember your family and your roots, but you also want to take a moment to appreciate the people that came before you, the men and women who made this place what it is today.”
The ramps were named after Admiral Charles R. Panda, the Nuns’ second son, and his son, Charles P. Panda.
Charles P. Pandas grandfather was a Navy sailor, and Charles P.’s great-grandfather was a naval engineer, the Navy said.
Charles Panda Sr. also served as the Nantahala’s first naval engineer.
Panda’s father was a U.S. Army sergeant who died in World Wars I and II, the Naval History and Heritage Command said.
His father was the father of two children.
The Navy said his father also was the son of a former Nantacas naval officer.
In a statement, Charles Panda Sr., who died on Oct. 17, said he had never met his son before.
“It was a special time in my life, I don’t know how to explain it, because we were always going back and forth, I’m just a little boy, he said, adding that his son was a loving father.
Pantas were stationed at the Naval Station at Nantucket until 1943, when they moved to the USS George Washington in Massachusetts.
Pablo said his son loved fishing, and he’s a big fisherman himself.”
I think he would say that, he’s really a hard worker, so I think that’s what he wants,” he said of Panda.”
He was always in the boat and he was always out on the boat.
He would be fishing, fishing, he was just a great guy.
“Panda said he’s been on the Nootka River since his father’s passing.”
The boat ramp is my father’s legacy, he always loved fishing and I think he’s still fishing,” he told ABC News.
Pangas family said he will be remembered as a loving husband, father and son.”
Charles P., I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing.
I have lost a friend and we are grieving together.
He will be missed by all of us,” the family said in a statement.