Thomas Daly

Thomas F. Daly (1937-2015) A National Maritime Historical Society trustee since 2003, Thomas F. Daly of Rumson, New Jersey served on the NMHS executive committee and on the organizing committees for both the New York and Washington Annual Awards dinners, helping to make these key events successful for NMHS and unique experiences for attendees. He…

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Capt. Brian A. McAllister

In 2012, Captain Brian A. McAllister was awarded the NMHS Distinguished Service Award.  We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: Captain Brian A. McAllister is the principal owner and president of McAllister Towing and Transportation Company, Inc. His great-grandfather, Captain James McAllister, immigrated to the United States from Ireland in 1864;…

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Capt. Jean Wort

In 2019, Capt. Jean Wort was awarded with the David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award at the Annual Awards Dinner. We recognized her many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: Captain Jean Wort will receive the 2019 NMHS David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award in recognition of her many outstanding contributions to the National…

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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. Cesare Sorio

In 2016, Capt. Cesare Sorio was awarded with the David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award at the Annual Awards Dinner. We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: Cesare Sorio’s sailing career began when he was a teen, working summers on board both sail and motor yachts as a deck boy and…

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Award Recipient

Richard W. Scheuing (1923–1998) World War II Merchant Marine Veteran Richard Scheuing served in the Liberty ship William N Pendleton at Normandy on D-Day and received the US Navy’s Meritorious Public Service Award. He served NMHS as trustee and vice chairman from 1994 to 1997; Under his guidance, NMHS established a growing endowment fund, and…

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Timothy J. Runyan

In 2018, Dr. Timothy J. Runyan was awarded with the David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award at the Annual Awards Dinner. We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: Dr. Timothy J. Runyan is recognized with the NMHS David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award for his work as an educator and leading…

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Ronald L. Oswald portrait

In 2015, Ronald L. Oswald was awarded with the David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award at the Annual Awards Awards Dinner. We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: The David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award will be presented to NMHS Chairman Ronald L. Oswald. A retired computer systems project manager, Ron…

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David A. O’Neil

David Alan O’Neil served on the Executive Committee and was the National Maritime Historical Society’s Development Chair. In 2003 he received the Society’s Founder’s Sheet Anchor Award for his dedicated work and outreach to other organizations. Mr. O ‘Neil, a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, New York, was Alumnus of…

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Schuyler Meyer

Schuyler Merritt Meyer, Jr. (1918–1997) was the founder of the State Council on Waterways (SCOW), a nonprofit devoted to improving New York’s waterways, enhancing access to them, and educating the public about their importance. The organization concentrated its efforts upstate, with emphasis on the state canal system and the original Erie Canal and today’s expanded,…

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Clay Maitland

A recipient of the David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award in 2006, Clay Maitland has worked in the shipping industry since graduation from law school in 1968. Mr. Maitland has been employed by International Registries, Inc. for 35 years and is now a managing partner of the company, which administers the Marshall Islands Ship Registry-the…

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Rick Lopes

In 2013, Richardo Lopes was awarded with the David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award at the Annual Awards Dinner. We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: Rick Lopes discovered NMHS in 1982 when his uncle, who was very active in the repatriation and restoration of the schooner Ernestina (ex-Effie M. Morrissey),…

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Walter Brown

In 2011, Walter R. Brown, NMHS Chairman Emeritus, was awarded with the David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award at the Annual Awards Dinner. We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: Walter Brown got a taste for seafaring at 18, when he took a summer job on a tanker. That brief exposure…

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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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Jakob Isbrandtsen

Jakob Isbrandtsen (1922–2018) Jakob Isbrandtsen’s love for sailing and the sea permeated his whole life; what stemmed from that passion is his legacy. After serving in the US Coast Guard in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters in World War II, Isbrandtsen went into ship chartering, and then joined his father in the shipping business,…

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