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With his crisp button down shirt, pleated dress pants and neatly swept- back gray hair, the Rev. Dr. Charles Wesley Shike may not seem like a seafaring adventurer.
But in the summer of 1946, he was among an intrepid group of men who took to the high seas after World War II to deliver livestock to starving, war-torn Europe.
He was a “Seagoing Cowboy.”
“It changed my life,” the now 87-year old Anglican priest said at his Riverdale home.
Shike is being honored at an art exhibit opening Friday at the American Merchant Marine Museum at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy on Long Island.
The exhibit, “Heifer Relief: Compass, Ark, Berth,” explores the little-known history of the Seagoing Cowboys.
“This was an untold story,” said sculptor and film maker Jo Israelson . “Once you start talking to a seagoing cowboy, it’s like going on an adventure, both a spiritual adventure and a historical adventure.”
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