Award Recipients

Schuyler Meyer

Schuyler M. Meyer Jr.

Award Year: 1989, 1994

Founder’s Sheet Anchor Award/David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award

The Founder’s Sheet Anchor Award is given to recognize extraordinary leadership in building the strength and outreach of the Society. Originally established in 1988 to honor the founders of NMHS, in 2005 the award was renamed the David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award to honor the late David O’Neil (1939–2004), a dedicated Society trustee and overseer.

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.

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, modern-day inland waterway. In 1991 under Meyer’s leadership, SCOW obtained permitting to operate the 1901-built, state-owned tugboat Urger as a floating museum and educational platform that traveled along the canal system with Capt. Meyer at the helm and a bagpiper on the bow. Thousands of elementary school children came on board to learn about the canal. Today the New York State Canal Corporation operates the tugboat Urger as its official ambassador and focal point of its educational program.

Meyer was a past chairman of the National Maritime Historical Society. A native of Manhattan, he graduated from Yale College in 1940 and served in the Navy in World War II, rising to the rank of commander of ATR-1 Class Rescue Tug. He served chairman of the Edwin Gould Foundation for Children from 1966 until a few years before his death he was the president of the charity, which was endowed in 1923 by the son of Jay Gould, the financier, to promote the welfare of children and improve their living conditions and education. Meyer also founded of the George Bird Grinnell American Indian Children’s Fund in 1989. Named after his great-uncle, the naturalist and ethnologist, the fund provides educational opportunities and other assistance to American Indian families.

Categories: NMHS Leadership, Nonprofit Leadership