Adm Bruce Demars

In 2012, ADM Bruce DeMars, USN (Ret.) was awarded with the NMHS Distinguished Service Award.  We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: Born in Chicago, Illinois, Admiral Bruce DeMars graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1957. His early career included service on the attack transports USS Telfair and USS Okanogan…

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Braynard OpSail

Frank Osborn Braynard (1916-2007) is well-known for achieving “Op Sail76,” the parade of tall ships and naval vessels that filled New York Harbor in celebration of our nation’s Bicentennial. Braynard and colleague Howard Slotnick traveled the globe to enlist ships from all over the world, including from the Soviet Union at the height of the…

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Admiral Sir Johnathan Band GCBDL

In 2012, Admiral Sir Johnathan Band GCB DL was awarded with the NMHS Distinguished Service Award.  We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: Sir Johnathan Band is Chairman of Trustees of the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Prior to this post, Sir Jonathan served as First Sea Lord and Chief…

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Peter Stanford

Peter Stanford was a Navy veteran of the Second World War; even then, David Hooper, a fellow serviceman, remembered that Peter was “ship mad, always mad for ships.” Peter went on to Harvard for an undergraduate degree and to King’s College, Cambridge—choosing to make the journey across the pond as a mate in the gaff…

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Capt. Karl Kortum & Balclutha

Karl Kortum, dean of the historic ships movement, was raised on a farm in Petaluma, California. The Kortums were a proudly independent family of predominently German stock, who had been winegrowers until the era of Prohibition. As a youth Karl formed a Sea Scout group with his chum Harry Dring. Their great dream was to…

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James Cheevers USNA FB

In 2010, James W. Cheevers was awarded with the Robert G Albion/James Monroe Award at the National Maritime Awards Dinner. We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: James W. Cheevers receives the NMHS Robert G. Albion/James Monroe Award for exemplary achievement in maritime historiography, given in recognition of his long and…

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Capt. Walter Rybka

Since receiving the Rodney N. Houghton Award in 2012, I continued to work as the senior captain of the US Brig Niagara, sailing as relief captain up to five weeks per season, and also as the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission site administrator for the Erie Maritime Museum.  I stopped sailing in command after 2016, although still…

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Following the publication of my Sea History article in 2011, I continued as Ships Historian and a major Gifts Officer for the Charles W. Morgan project, giving presentations and soliciting support around the country through the summer of 2014 when the vessel successfully returned to Mystic. I was one of several interviewees for the documentary…

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