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2017 National Maritime Awards Dinner

You can participate in the Silent Auction and bid electronically for the many silent auction items including day sails, resort vacations, maritime collectibles, artwork, and much more. All items will be available to bid on the night of the event, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, so be sure to place your highest bid. Bidding ends on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 8:25 pm EST.


Winner is responsible for shipping costs. Pick-up is also available. Payment will not be processed unless you are the winning bidder. If you are the winning bidder and not at the event on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, we will notify you by email, charge your credit card for payment and make arrangements for shipping or pickup. Additional payment for shipping will then be charged.

Proceeds from the Auction support the educational programming of NHF and NMHS.

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Pictured (L to R): Peter A. Seligmann, Gary Knell, and Jack P. London

The National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS) and the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) will honor three distinguished individuals and organizations at their National Maritime Awards Dinner on Tuesday, 4 April 2017, at the elegant, historic and iconic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

This is the premier event all those who love and serve the sea. The nation’s top leaders of the military sea services, merchant marine, maritime industry, and beyond will be in attendance.

Dr. Jack P. London, executive chairman and former CEO of CACI International, will receive the Naval Historical Foundation’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award.Dr. London is being recognized for his ongoing leadership on matters of naval history and heritage and for exemplifying NHF’s creed to preserve, honor, and commemorate naval history. NHF Chairman Admiral William J. Fallon, USN (Ret.), will present the awards to Dr. London.

Past recipients of NHF’s Distinguished Service Award include former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert, USN (Ret.) and Enterprise Holdings Executive Chairman Andy C. Taylor.

New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman will present Conservation International founder and CEO Peter A. Seligmann with the National Maritime Historical Society’s Distinguished Service Award. World-renowned underwater explorer Dr. Robert Ballard will present the evening’s second NHMS Distinguished Service award to Gary Knell, President and CEO of the National Geographic Society.


As part of the dinner, we have many exciting live and silent auction items for you to bid on to support the education initiatives and efforts of the National Maritime Historical Society and the Naval Historical Foundation. Check back often for new items that have been added.

1. Seven-Night Mississippi  River Cruise for Two
Enjoy an amazing and relaxing seven-night cruise on the Mississippi River for two. With just 150 passengers, the cruise provides the finest travel experience to the Mississippi’s most beautiful places and scenic landscapes. Depart in 2017 or 2018. Cruises during the month of May or September are not applicable. Donated By: Charles A. Robertson, American Cruise Lines

2. Parade of Sail on the 1768 Schooner Sultana—Be Part of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race
20 Guests
Date: Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Time: 4:00 pm–6:30 pm
Departs: Baltimore Inner Harbor Location – TBD

Each October, schooners from the Eastern Seaboard gather in Baltimore, Maryland, in advance of the annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. Established in 1990, this annual sailing race from Annapolis to Norfolk has featured as many as 57 schooners sailing during a single race, including multiple large, historic schooners.  On the evening before the race, the assembled fleet parades under sail throughout Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, passing cultural and historic landmarks. The winner is entitled to bring up to 20 guests on board the 1768 schooner Sultana for this Parade of Sail, and guests will be encouraged to assist with the setting of the schooner’s sails and even be given the chance to navigate under sail through Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  Guests may arrange for food & drink at their own expense, sorry, no alcohol.
Donated By: Sultana Education Foundation

3. Fabulous 10-Day Galapagos Expedition on National Geographic Endeavour II for Two Guests
Set sail on the National Geographic Endeavour II on an extraordinary 10-day journey for two in the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Archipelago, Darwin’s living laboratory, is that rare wilderness where animals have no instinctive fear of humans. Explore the island paradise where giant tortoises roam, blue-footed boobies strut across your path and marine iguanas meander over ancient volcanic landscapes, unfazed by your presence. Snorkel amid shimmering fish, penguins, and playful sea lions, hike on pristine islands and explore remote coves and hidden lagoons by kayak or Zodiac. Includes accommodations for two people (double occupancy) in a Category 2 cabin. Airfare not included. Travel must be taken in 2017 on the National Geographic Endeavour II.
Donated By: National Geographic Expeditions

4. Educational Initiatives
Take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to the NMHS and NHF youth education programs that introduce students to ecology, science, technology, engineering, math, history and hands-on sailing, through experiential learning programs which excite young people about our maritime past and future.

Even if you are not able to attend, you can still participate in the Live Auction. To bid on these fabulous live auction items, please call 914 737-7878 x 0 or email NMHS by Monday April 3, 2017 at 12:00 Noon EST to be set-up with your personal bidding representative.

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