A local organization, a royal honoree

The National Maritime Historical Society, which is headquartered in Peekskill, has announced the details of its annual New York gala – and the news is big.

Britain’s Princess Anne is coming to America to receive the society’s Distinguished Service Award during its Oct. 29 event at the New York Yacht Club.

The honor, the press release announces, is in recognition of “her diligent 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 HMS Victory has made a critical difference to preserving Great Britain’s maritime history.”

Gary Jobson, America’s Ambassador of Sailing, will present the award. Admiral of the Fleet, The Lord Michael Boyce, KG GCB OBE DL, President of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and chair of the HMS Victory Preservation Company, will accompany HRH and speak about the preservation of the world’s oldest commissioned warship.
National Maritime Historical Society Chairman, Ronald L. Oswald of Wayne, N.J., will receive the David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award for his tireless commitment and support to the Society.

Award-winning yachtsman and previous recipient of the NMHS Distinguished Service Award Richard T. du Moulin of Larchmont will be Master of Ceremonies. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Cadet Chorale will provide the evening’s entertainment.

Funds raised at the dinner will go directly toward the Society’s mission of preserving maritime heritage for generations to come with a portion given to the National Museum of the Royal Navy for their restoration project of HMS Victory.

The National Maritime Historical Society is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of maritime heritage and the role seafaring has played in shaping civilization. The Society publishes a quarterly maritime journal and seeks to educate others about extraordinary maritime accomplishments and their continuing relevance for prosperity and cultural vitality. Initiatives encompass publications, educational programs, sail training and preservation of historic ships.

For awards event details, call 914-737-7878 or email nmhs@seahistory.org.

For more, visit seahistory.org. – Mary Shustack

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