2015 Annual Awards Dinner – New York Yacht Club 29 October

The trustees of the
thank our guests and donors for their support of the
2015 Annual Awards Dinner
on Thursday, 29 October 2015
in honoring

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne
NMHS Chairman Ronald L. Oswald


2015 Award Recipients

Figurehead, HMS Victory

HMS Victory

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne was honored with the NMHS Distinguished Service Award for her support, commitment, and influence which have been invaluable assets in preserving Great Britain’s maritime history. We salute Princess Anne’s diligent efforts in her role as Patron of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and her work to advance the restoration of HMS Victory.

Admiral of the Fleet The Lord Michael Boyce, Baron Boyce KG GCB OBE DL discussed the importance of HMS Victory. A trustee of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, he is president of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and chair of the HMS Victory Preservation Company.

The David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award was presented to NMHS chairman Ronald L. Oswald. He has served on the executive board of the Council of American Maritime Museums, and has spearheaded the project to put a headstone on the unmarked grave of clipper ship designer John Griffiths. He initiated NMHS’s participation in National History Day to encourage 600,000 students to study maritime history.

George W. Carmany III, the 2014 recipient of the NMHS Distinguished Service Award, chaired this year’s event. Award-winning yachtsman Richard T. du Moulin was master of ceremonies. Gary Jobson, America’s Ambassador of Sailing, presented the Distinguished Service Award to the Princess Royal and Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., USCG (Ret.), the 24th commandant of the US Coast Guard and current US special representative for the Arctic, presented the David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award to Ron Oswald. The US Coast Guard Academy Cadet Chorale, directed by Dr. Robert Newton, provided the evening’s entertainment.


The National Maritime Historical Society’s annual dinners are our opportunity to shine a spotlight on contributions to the maritime community, and to inspire others to become more involved in supporting our maritime heritage. Past years’ honorees include NOAA director of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Daniel Basta; maritime artist Patrick O’Brien; former Secretaries of the Navy John Dalton and the Honorable John F. Lehman; CNO of the Navy Admiral Gary Roughead; US Coast Guard commandants Admiral James M. Loy and Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr.; Rear Admiral David L. Brewer of the Military Sealift Command; Vietnam War POW DCR Everett Alvarez Jr., USN; former First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff and Chairman of Trustees, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB DL; Lord Ian McCall of Mercy Ships; underwater archaeologist Dr. Robert Ballard; yacht designers Olin J. Stephens II, Halsey Herreshoff and Bruce Farr OBE; and renowned yachtsmen Richard T. du Moulin; Gary Jobson; Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, CBE; Ted Turner and Walter Cronkite.