Captain Jeffrey McAllister

Board of Trustees

I was born in Garden City, New York in 1964 and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut near enough to the water for it to make a lasting impression on me. As the song goes, I am the son of son of a sailor. My grandfather was chairman of the board of McAllister Towing and transportation, a tugboat company based in New York, started by his grandfather in 1864. My father in turn was an owner of this same company but his heart was in the sleek racing sailboats of Long Island Sound. As a child it was normal to spend my weekends crewing. We were a good team as we were national champions of the Cottontail class in 1968.

Professionally, I have been involved at McAllister Towing my entire working life. I started out in the Gulf of Mexico as a deckhand and moved on to international tugboat voyages and deliveries. The last 32 years have been spent as a Ship Docking Pilot maneuvering merchant vessels around the port of New York and New Jersey.  I was also the lead pilot moving the USS Intrepid when she required a little dry dock time.

I watched the South Street Seaport museum take shape under Peter Sanford’s hand.  I have admired the work the National Maritime Historical Society has accomplished and am honored to be a trustee.  Capt. Brian McAllister is a tough act to follow but he would take great joy in advising me!