PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The National Maritime Historical Society in Peekskill hosted Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne at its 2015 Gala Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Yacht Club.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne received the Distinguished Service Award for her support of the maritime heritage of Great Britain and her patronage of the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The Princess Royal’s commitment and influence has been an invaluable asset in saving and restoring critically important historic ships and maritime museums.
In particular, her role as Patron of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and of HMS Victory has made a critical difference to preserving Great Britain’s maritime history. Gary Jobson, America’s Ambassador of Sailing, presented the Distinguished Service Award to Her Royal Highness.
National Maritime Historical Society Chairman, Ronald L. Oswald of Wayne, N.J., received the David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award for his commitment and support to the Society. 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.
Award-winning yachtsman and previous recipient of the NMHS Distinguished Service Award Richard T. du Moulin of Larchmont was Master of Ceremonies. George W. Carmany III, of Boston, the 2014 recipient of the NMHS Distinguished Service Award, chaired the event. The US Coast Guard Academy Cadet Chorale, directed by Dr. Robert Newton, provided the evening’s entertainment.
The National Maritime Historical Society is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of maritime heritage and the role seafaring has played in shaping civilization.
The National Maritime Historical Society is located at 5 John Walsh Blvd. in Peekskill.