I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.
The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.
So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write the posts on odd numbered days each month and John handles the even numbered days.
In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.
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Godfather of Shipping-Robeson County’s Malcom McLean
Originally published January 14, 2016 by has been updated by Dan Kenney
In my career as a college coach, a former university administrator, and blogger about leadership I always love to hear the success stories of leaders. Those stories almost always include some obstacle or challenge that the leader had to overcome in their life. Those successes validate a point for me that environment may influence your future but it doesn’t determine it. People are capable of overcoming negative external factors.
One success story I love is of a Robeson County, NC native named Malcom McLean who was born in Maxton, NC in 1914. McLean was actually born with his name being Malcolm but changed it to Malcom to adhere to a more authentic Scottish spelling.
He finished high school during The Depression and in 1935 with a used truck he started a trucking company called McLean Trucking in Red Springs NC with his sister Clara McLean and brother Jim McLean. His resourcefulness enabled him to expand to thirty trucks by 1940, and he was eventually able to sell McLean Trucking, a $12 million company with over 1700 trucks, by the mid-1950s.
His years in the transportation business showed McLean the need for an easier method of shipping goods. He had watched dock workers unloading goods from trucks and transferring them to ships, and marveled at the inefficiency of the process. That inefficiency generate his idea and invention of container shipping.
One of the early containers.
In 1955, he gambled big on a container venture, buying two oil tankers and securing a bank loan to buy $42 million worth of docking, shipbuilding, and repair facilities. He called his new company Sea-Land.
He refitted the ships and designed trailers to stack below or on the decks. In April 1956, his first container ship, the Ideal X, departed Port Newark, New Jersey, headed for Houston. Ironically the ship was often referred to as the USS Maxton in reference to his birthplace.
McLean’s cargo shipped faster and cheaper, because loading and unloading were shortened at each end of the voyage. The sealed cargo reduced the pilfering that went on at various stages of the cargo’s journey and also reduced the labor required.
Nearly every imported consumer good imaginable owes its lower price to the container revolution. McLean sold Sea-Land for $160 million in 1969.
Next month on April 1 the N.C. Ports is expecting the arrival of two neo-Panamax cranes, building upon the port’s ongoing infrastructure improvements that officials have said will increase its global marketability. The two cranes were constructed by Shanghai Zhenjua Heavy Industry Co., the same company that built the port’s current post-Panamax cranes, according to Bethany Welch, spokeswoman for N.C. Ports. The neo-Panamax cranes are now in transit from China The neo-Panamax cranes are larger than the post-Panamax cranes at the port, and will provide the port with the capability to service larger vessels.
Malcom McLean died in 2001 and is recognized as one of the most innovative people in the history of world transportation. Not bad for a truck driver who was born in Maxton, NC and grew up in The Depression. People can overcome their environment.