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2012 Awards Dinner Recap

Annual Awards Gala Honors Thomas F. Daly, Captain Don Walsh USN (Ret.),
Captain Brian McAllister and Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB DL

The National Maritime Historical Society was honored to have three corporate sponsors of this year’s Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Yacht Club; we are grateful to Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc., Carnival Corporation and Lockheed Martin for their generous support. It was a gala event, and we were fortunate to have so many guests representing the diverse components of the maritime field. The custom-made glass centerpieces on each table made by Ships of Glass, Inc., sparkled in company with the hundreds of models in the Model Room.

Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., Commandant of the US Coast Guard, set the standard for an evening of fascinating and memorable remarks, crediting his long association with the Society as his inspiration to preserve and maintain the history of the Coast Guard and to committing himself to building the Coast Guard Museum and making sure every cadet studies our country’s maritime history. Admiral Papp was pleased to be at the dinner with those who had contributed so much to our history, particularly to share the experience with the cadets of the Coast Guard Academy Cadet Chorale, the next generation of Coast Guard mariners who will make their contribution to maritime heritage in the future.

Thomas F. Daly modestly thanked the Society for recognizing him, and stated how much he appreciated the work of the Society. Vice chairman Rick Lopes, who had produced mini-documentaries of the awardees, pointed out how, while researching for the video, he learned just how important a person Tom Daly has been in every endeavor he was involved in and in what high regard he was held by everyone with whom the videographers had spoken.

Captain Don Walsh USN (Ret.), PhD, was introduced by co-master of ceremonies Richard T. du Moulin as “Dirk” Walsh, because his many underwater expeditions and achievements were reminiscent of a Clive Cussler hero. Captain Walsh emphasized how important sea power and our understanding of the sea is in our lives. Honored for his lifetime commitment to educating the public and the academic community about the importance of ocean exploration, Captain Walsh has participated in diving operations with over two dozen manned submersibles since 1959, piloting seven of them.

Captain Brian McAllister regaled us with personal reminiscences and shared that his purpose in life is to see the McAllister family business continue, a business that his great-grandfather founded with a single sail lighter. Today, it is one of the oldest and most diversified marine towing and transportation companies, operating an extensive fleet in the major ports on the east coast. Captain McAllister has long supported the work of the Society, recognizing the importance of our maritime heritage and the need to support the maritime industry today by understanding the long and rich history from which it came.

Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB DL, the Royal Navy’s former First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff (2006–2009), talked about the significance of maritime history, and discussed the exploits of Lord Horatio Nelson. In his position as chairman of the National Museum of the Royal Navy he led the successful effort to save Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, the oldest navy ship in commission. Sir Jonathon stressed how everyone concerned with our heritage must continue to promote the importance of the sea and its vital role in history and in our mutual economies and cultures.

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Top left image page 8: Recognized as one of the most magnificent spaces in Manhattan, the Model Room of the New York Yacht Club is the perfect venue for the awards ceremony.

Top right image, page 8: The 2012 Distinguished Service Award  recipients  (l to r): CAPT Don Walsh, USN (Ret.), PhD; Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB DL and Capt. Brian McAllister.

Bottom right image, page 8: Trustee and past dinner chairman David Fowler (left) and Burchenal Green (NMHS President) greet Thomas Daly (right) as he arrives to accept the NMHS David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award.
Bottom left image, page 8: (above) Dinner co-chair CAPT Sally McElwreath, USNR (Ret.) and chairman emeritus and treasurer Howard Slotnick.

Column 1 image page 9: A distinguished group gathered to honor this year’s awardees, including (l-r): shipping executive Clay Maitland, co-master of ceremonies; chairman Ronald Oswald; dinner co-chair Karen Helmerson; Commandant of the US Coast Guard, Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr.; and Richard T. du Moulin, co-master of ceremonies.

Top right image, page 9: Marine artist William G. Muller (left) presents an original oil painting of the McAllister tug Kaleen to Captain McAllister (center), as shipping executive and accomplished yachtsman Richard du Moulin (right) prepares to present him with his award.