Charles H. Townsend

In 2016, Charles H. Townsend was awarded with the NMHS Distinguished Service Award. We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: Charles H. Townsend is chairman of Conde Nast, a position he has held since January 2016, after serving as the company’s CEO for eleven years. He joined the company as publisher…

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Ding Schoonmaker

In 2019, Ding Schoonmaker was awarded the NMHS Distinguished Service Award.  We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: Ding Schoonmaker will receive the 2019 NMHS Distinguished Service Award for his contribution in introducing youth and individuals from emerging countries to sailing and sail racing. A champion sailor himself—having won gold medals…

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Capt. Bert Rogers

Captain Bert Rogers (1956–2018) is known as the Tall Ships America executive director and remembered for gathering of hundreds of tall ships sailors and others in September at Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island. Roger’s seafaring career began in 1978 when he joined the brigantine Romance, under the legendary Captain Arthur Kimberly for a three-week…

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Portrait of Seligmann

In 2017, Peter Seligmann was awarded with the NMHS Distinguished Service Award.  We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: Peter Seligmann discovered an affinity for our natural environment on family summer vacations in Wyoming; he pursued this interest in his college studies at Rutgers University, graduating with a degree in wildlife…

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Woodson K. Woods

Woodson Kidder Woods III (1932–2020) & Lynx Educational Foundation Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education 2011 Philanthropist, sailor, aviation enthusiast, Woodson K. Woods is known for building the reproduction of 1812 topsail schooner Lynx and as founder of The Lynx Educational Foundation. Designed by maritime architect and longtime NMHS supporter, the late Melbourne…

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Peg Brandon

In 2018, Captain Peg Brandon was awarded the NMHS Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education.  We recognized her many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: Captain Peg Brandon, SEA President, alumna of SEA Semester, class W-48, has extensive experience as a marine educator and leader with Sea Education Association and other notable…

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In 2010, David Rockefeller Jr. & Sailors for the Sea were awarded with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education at the Annual Awards Dinner. We recognized their many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: David Rockefeller, Jr. and Sailors for the Sea will be recognized for their work in educating and…

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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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William H. White

Having finished 7 books on the War of 1812 and the Barbary Wars (6 historical fiction and 1 non-fiction), as well as 2 volumes of historical fiction about the British Royal Navy, I more or less hung up my pen for “formal writing” about four years ago. I have focused on providing interesting maritime news…

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Philip Webster

In 2017, Philip J. Webster was awarded with the David O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award at the Annual Awards Dinner. We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: Philip J. Webster comes from a family of mariners; the stories of his great-grandfather, a clipper ship captain in the China trade in the 1850s,…

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ADM James M. Loy, USCG (Ret.) served as acting United States Secretary of Homeland Security in 2005 and US Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security from December 4, 2003, to March 1, 2005. He served as the second administrator of the Transportation Security Administration from 2002 to 2003, and before that as the Commandant of the…

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Richard du Moulin, award-winning yachtsman and NMHS Overseer, has participated in several America’s Cup campaigns, six Transatlantic Races, and 25 Newport-Bermuda Races. He is a four-time winner of the double-handed class in the Newport-Bermuda Race aboard his 37-foot racing yacht, Lora Ann; Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, presented his trophy in the 2006 competition. In…

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