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.

Wendy Schmidt

Wendy Schmidt: 2019

Businesswoman and philanthropist Wendy Schmidt, who has built an incredible portfolio of work devoted to our oceans made possible through the many organizations she has founded, led, and inspired, is the 2019 recipient of the America and the Sea Award.

Rod and Bob Johnstone

Rod and Bob Johnstone – J/Boats: 2016

Mystic Seaport honored Bob and Rod Johnstone – J/Boats with the 2016 America and the Sea Award presented at a gala in the newly opened Thompson Exhibition Building at the Museum October 22, 2016.

Nathaniel Philbrick: 2015

Mystic Seaport honored historian and author Nathaniel Philbrick with the 2015 America and the Sea Award on October 14, at a gala held in New York City.

America and the Sea Award recipient

Charles A. Robertson: 2014

Robertson is founder, chairman and CEO of American Cruise Lines, Inc., Pearl Sea Cruises, Chesapeake Shipbuilding, and affiliated companies.

Gary Jobson: 2013

Jobson’s talent, enthusiasm, and dedication to the art of sailing have inspired expert and novice sailors around the world.

Jon Wilson

Jon Wilson and WoodenBoat: 2012

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.

J. F. Lehman

John F. Lehman: 2011

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 Earle

Sylvia A. Earle: 2010

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.