On January 2, L. Ron Hubbard arrived in Tangier, Morocco, to continue his research into higher states of spiritual being.
He traveled to Las Palmas, Canary Islands, where he met the Enchanter, which arrived on 25 February.
With a group of dedicated Scientologists, most of whom had never been to sea, L. Ron Hubbard formed the Sea Organization. In a matter of months, he trained this inexperienced crew into a team of competent and professional mariners.
Joined by the Avon River (later renamed the Athena), he and his crews conducted the Hubbard Geological Survey Expedition in the Mediterranean.
Mr. Hubbard’s search for the truth resulted in one of his most significant breakthroughs in removing the barriers to man’s ability to achieve full spiritual freedom.
This research was fully codified and made available to advanced Scientologists.
In November, Mr. Hubbard traveled to England and accepted delivery of the 3,200-ton vessel Royal Scotman (later renamed The Apollo), as a further expansion of the Sea Organization.