Richard du Moulin
Award Year: 2004
NMHS Distinguished Service Award
The NMHS Distinguished Service Award has been presented each year since 1993 to recognize individuals who, through their personal effort and creativity, have made outstanding contributions to the maritime field.
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 2003, he and Richard Wilson beat the world sailing record originally set by Sea Witch in 1849, sailing the 53-foot trimaran Great American II, 15,000 miles from Hong Kong to New York following the old clipper ships’ China Trade route. School children around the world tracked their progress through the internet educational initiative Sites Alive. The National Maritime Historical Society recognized their courageous accomplishment and educational program with the 2004 NMHS Distinguished Service Award.
Du Moulin is chairman of the Storm Trysail Foundation and former chairman of the Seamen’s Church Institute of New York & New Jersey. He has been a trustee with the National Maritime Historical Society and a board member with the New York Yacht Club.
Currently, du Moulin is the president of lntrepid Shipping LLC, a position he has held since he founded the company in 2002 with Mark L. Filanowski. He is an advisor to Hudson Structured Capital and a member of the board of Teekay Tankers and Pangaea Logistics Solutions Ltd. Highlights from his distinguished career include 15 years at Ogden Marine Inc. (OMI) and, in 1989, he purchased Marine Transport Lines, the oldest shipping company in America. The company later became Marine Transport Corporation (MTC) with du Moulin as its chairman and chief executive officer. He was chairman of Intertanko; a former board member of Tidewater, Inc.; and served on the board of American Bureau of Shipping.
Du Moulin served in the US Navy and is a recipient of the US Coast Guard’s Distinguished Service Medal. He received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard University.
On 14 August 2020, VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.) provided the following update:
In 2004, I shared the Distinguished Service Award with Richard Wilson of Marblehead for our successful race to beat the clipper ship Sea Witch’s record run in 1849 from Hong Kong to New York. More important than the record was the Sites Alive school program that enabled several hundred thousand middle school students to share our historic maritime adventure. Since then I have maintained my ocean racing with three more Transatlantic and many other races. I also continue my work with the Storm Trysail Club to develop safety-at-sea training courses for adults and young sailors. My partnership in Intrepid Shipping continues, but our fleet is now down to three ships. Retirement from the shipping business is approaching soon, but not from sailing. For six years I served as Chairman of the amazing Seamen’s Church Institute that works for the spiritual and professional wellbeing of merchant mariners all over the world and on our inland waterways. I am fortunate to have a wonderful wife Ann, my four great kids, and three grandchildren. All enjoy the maritime tradition of sailing!
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