America and the Sea Award
Presented annually by Mystic Seaport since 2006, the America and the Sea Award recognizes an individual or organization whose contributions to the history, arts, business or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American spirit and character. Here are the Museum’s America and the Sea Award recipients.
Mystic Seaport honored Charles A. Robertson with the Museum’s America and the Sea Award on November 5, 2014. Robertson is founder, chairman and CEO of American Cruise Lines, Inc., Pearl Sea Cruises, Chesapeake Shipbuilding, and affiliated companies. His firms have designed and built 12 small cruise ships and approximately 70 other commercial vessels, up to 320 feet.
Jobson’s talent, enthusiasm, and dedication to the art of sailing have inspired expert and novice sailors around the world. A champion sailor, he was awarded his first trophy, the Powell Trophy, in 1966 and won the America’s Cup with Ted Turner in 1977. In 1999 he won the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, U.S. Sailing’s most prestigious award. He has also won the infamous Fastnet Race and many of the world’s ocean races.
The 2012 America and the Sea Award was given to Jon Wilson and WoodenBoat for their commitment to the celebration and preservation of the skills, treasures, and traditions of the sea and shore.
Former Secretary of the Navy, historian, and author John F. Lehman was the recipient of the America and the Sea Award for 2011 by Mystic Seaport.
Sylvia A. Earle, who has been at the forefront of deep ocean exploration for four decades, received the 2010 America and the Sea Award from Mystic Seaport.
William I. Koch, founder of the Oxbow Group, philanthropist, avid collector and world-renowned sailor, was named the recipient of the 2011 America and the Sea Award by Mystic Seaport.
Thomas B. Crowley Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation, was honored with Mystic Seaport’s third annual America and the Sea Award at a gala dinner held at the Rainbow Room in New York City.
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author and Historian David McCullough was honored with the second annual America and the Sea Award presented by Mystic Seaport.
Olin Stephens II, the most successful and admired yacht designer of the 20th century, was named the first recipient of the America and the Sea Award presented by Mystic Seaport.