In early January, Ron traveled from Saint Hill to the northern African city of Tangier, Morocco. There he set up a base where he could carry out advanced studies and research.
A short time later he traveled to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, where he formed the Sea Organization. The first Sea Org members were dedicated Scientologists but they had little experience as seamen; within a matter of months Ron had turned them into a closely knit team of competent mariners.
In November, Ron returned to England where he accepted delivery of a 3,200 ton vessel, the Royal Scotman. Later renamed the Apollo, it became the flagship of the Sea Organization.
Amidst all of the tremendous organizational activity of 1967 Ron also made many spectacular technical advances, including the discovery and resolution of one of the most major barriers to man's attainment of full spiritual freedom: OT Section III, the Wall of Fire.