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Nathaniel Philbrick was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he attended Linden Elementary School and Taylor Allderdice High School.  He earned a BA in English from Brown University and an MA in America Literature from Duke University, where he was a James B. Duke Fellow. He was Brown University’s first…

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John Stobart

John Stobart is preeminent in the field of maritime painting in America, if not the world. Prior to his arrival to America in 1965, the artist had gained a wide reputation for his portrayals of ships for shipowners the world over.  Subsequent to his New York City sell-out debut, the name “Stobart” would become synonymous…

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John Noble

John A. Noble (1913–1983) Born in Paris in 1913, John Noble moved with his family to the US in 1919. He began drawing and painting in his teens: “About 1929 I started my crude drawings and paintings,” In the wintertime, while still going to school, I was a permanent fixture on the old McCarren line tugs,…

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John M. Murphy

John Michael Murphy 1926–2015 was a decorated Korean War veteran and represented Staten Island in the US House of Representatives from 1963 to 1981. He The congressman was the Representative for New York’s 17th congressional district and served as chairman of House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee from 1977–1980. In 1979 he introduced the Omnibus…

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Award Recipient

A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Capt. Robert J. Lowen served in World War II in the US Navy, and then worked for many years with States Marine Lines. He was elected secretary treasurer of the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots in 1971; rising to the position of union president…

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Award Recipient

Randall F. LeBoeuf Jr. (1897–1975) Randall F. LeBoeuf Jr. was born in Albany, NY, in 1897. He served in World War I, and then practiced law with his father in Albany. In 1925 he became assistant attorney general for New York, in charge of legal matters involving water utility companies; in the late 1920s, as…

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Award Recipient

Mystic Seaport Museum educator Jan Larson was honored with the NMHS James Monroe Award for her “Voyages in Learning” program, training teachers in maritime education and forging relationships between educators and the museum. The program involved an in-depth introduction to the museum, lectures, and sailing together aboard a schooner, and then in later workshops teachers…

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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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