Gerard B. Tall, Jr. was born into one of the oldest traditional Catholic Christian families in the state of Maryland, initially settling on its Eastern shore in 1670. After completing prep school, he furthered his education in engineering at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.
An adventurer at heart, he eventually married; then, shelving his global sailing plans, he fathered five children who, despite the confusion that occurred during the transitional time following Vatican II, remained faithful to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1970, he held the chair of the Spiritual Committee of the Shrine Guild at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He received an award in 1972 from Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle and Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in recognition for this endeavor.
He was also the Director of a Marian Center for the dissemination of information concerning Our Lady in the Dioceses of Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond. He was a Franciscan tertiary for 25 years and, later, he studied to became a Third Order Carmelite while residing in Florida in 1990.
He resided for several months at the Marian Shrines listed herein during a sojourn of four trips to Europe over a thirty year period prior to the end of the millennium. This manuscript was written in an attempt to respond to Our Lady’s requests given through her appearances over the past 180 years.
His field of expertise was hydrographic engineering. Until his retirement in 1983, he was the captain of a government Research Vessel stationed in Annapolis. While most of the assignments consisted of aquatic life and water quality studies, performed by on boad-marine biologists and chemists, many were conducted in cooperation with industry and advanced research institutes.
In the early 1960s, he was in charge of communications for a team assigned to trace nuclear radiation in the State of Maryland and vicinity. Further studies were routinely conducted throughout the 1970s and well into the 1980s. He was personally responsible for the city of Annapolis.
In the mid-1970s the prototype of the 3-D, side-scanning, sonar imaging unit successfully passed the initial sea trials in the Chesapeake Bay near Solomon’s Island. The equipment was later placed aboard the unmanned submarine, Argo. Then, on September 1, 1985 – following several failed missions – it finally located the hull of the British passenger vessel RMS Titanic at a depth of almost 13,000 feet.
The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 after a fatal collision with an iceberg on her maiden, trans-Atlantic voyage from Southampton, England to New York City, USA.