Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Gospel Mariners 7619

The Gospel Mariners 7619
Gospel Mariner's Quartet
CP-1118 - He Knows Just What I Need (sacred)
CP-1119 - My God Is Real (sacred)
Dayton, Ohio - 1956

In 1950 at Dayton , Ohio , the Reverend Loren Kolb had an idea that there should be a Gospel television program in this south-western Ohio area. He tried several different formats until the program GOOD SHIP ZION evolved and was accepted for public service programming by station WHIO-TV. “Captain” Kolb found a Gospel Quartet from Dayton and named them the Gospel Mariners. The program, presented as though it originated on board a ship, consisted of three or four songs by the quartet and a short message by “Captain” Kolb. The GOOD SHIP ZION program ran live at noon every Sunday and was one of the longest sustaining programs in the country.


  1. The Mariner's Quartet (pictured) and The Gospel Mariners who sang on the records pictured, were two different groups. The Gospel Mariners were the original quartet, and they sang on the Good Ship Zion program when it first began. My father was the bass of the quartet when they started in the early 1950's, and he continued with them until the early to mid 60's. There were personnel changes and then the group wanted to become a full-time group, which would take them away from town on the weekends when the program needed to be broadcast live on Sunday mornings. So the "Mariner's Quartet" went full time and "The Gospel Mariners" stayed with the program.

  2. My dad, Ed McCartney, was the pianist for the Mariners Quartet and I grew up with everyone pictured on the album covers. I even appeared on The Good Ship Zion standing by the piano as my dad played. Lots of good memories of those times.

  3. @ abbyluther....... Uh, unless your first name is either Janice, Cynthia or Joe, your dad was NOT the original bass. The name of the original bass was Marvin Freed and he was MY dad.

    1. This is correct information. The original Gospel Mariner's Quartet began in the late 1940's as the Gospel Echoes and changed their name after joining with Captain Kolb forming the Good Ship Zion TV Program. Marvin Freed was indeed the original bass. I sang baritone with the group form early 1966 through mid 1968 during which time Marvin was still the bass. There was a group that left the TV show prior to 1965 who had another bass singer. That group changed their name the Mariners after a controversy over the duplicate names. Anonymous (Greg) is absolutely correct.

  4. My Dad's (Eddie McCartney) Obituary:
    Eddie E. McCartney, 81, of Marysville, formerly of Conover, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in Marysville at the home of his son.
    He was born October 17, 1934 in Champaign, Illinois to the late Everett E. and Lois (Roberts) Douthit McCartney. On August 16, 1962 he married the former Mary June Smith and she died November 28, 2007.
    Eddie was retired from sales, he had worked for N.F.I.B. for many years.
    He and his wife attended Christian Life Center in Vandalia where he was active playing the piano and singing with the choir, and he also attended both the Marysville Grace Church and The Potter’s House in Columbus.
    Eddie was a gifted pianist and baritone for the Monitors Quartet, Gospel Mariners, and the Campmeeting Singers. He spent many years on the road sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to millions of people through his musical God-given gifts.
    He is survived by a son, Scott (Michelle) McCartney, Marysville; two daughters, Christina Porter, Columbus; Teri (Greg) Trantanella, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Christian, Lily, Jamison and Caitlin; eight great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; a brother, Ronnie (Sandy) McCartney, Mesa, Arizona.
    Memorial services will be Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 12:00 PM at the Marysville Grace Church with Pastor Clancy Cruise officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service, beginning at 11:00 AM. The family is being assisted by Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood.
    Memorial gifts may be made to Loving Care Hospice, P. O. Box 613, Marysville, OH 43040.

  5. The dates are incorrect, as I was on the show with my dad between 1965-1968. The Mariners Quartet, originally the Gospel Mariners, originated in 1963. This group was on the long running television program, The Good Ship Zion on WHIO-TV, Dayton, Oh.

  6. Teri, My name is Jim Murphy and I sang with The Gospel Mariners as baritone on Good Ship Zion Show on WHIO from February 1966 through June of 1968. The Mariners Quartet with Eddie McCartney had already left the show to to a traveling gig. Eddie actually filled in for Ralph Helmbold occasionally.

  7. Newspaper release from Lima News, Oct 25th, 1958, page 2 states that the quartet had been singing for seven years for the Good Ship Zion.

    According to the newspaper, the 1958 members were:
    1st Tenor: Dennis Sullivan
    2nd Tenor: Vernon Martin
    Baritone: Robert Michael
    Bass: Marin Freed
    Piano: Ralph Helmbold