Capt. Harry Bolton named new master of training ship

Captain Harry Bolton boasts an impressive naval record and is a First Class Pilot. He was recently named Master of the California Maritime Academy’s training ship Golden Bear.

(VALLEJO, CA – APRIL 21, 2008) — Captain Harry Bolton, a 1978 deck-officer graduate of the California Maritime Academy, has accepted the position of Master of the University’s 500-foot Training Ship Golden Bear. He assumes the position from Commodore John Keever, who recently retired as the school’s Vice President for Marine Programs. He will join the University in May and assume command of Golden Bear for the first time when she calls Tahiti at the mid-point of her first of two two-month 2008 training voyages to the Southern Pacific.

Captain Bolton has over three decades of maritime experience and 21 years in vessel command, having worked through the American Maritime Officers (AMO) organization and for companies including Bay Tankers, and General Dynamics/American Overseas Marine. He is the recipient of numerous awards, medals and citations for meritorious service and outstanding performance.

He is a First Class Pilot, and has served as a consultant to several maritime companies, the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy on matters including equipment design and implementation. He also designed and developed the English curriculum at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific in the Republic of the Philippines.

Captain Bolton’s selection followed an exhaustive worldwide search. “The post of a training ship is truly unique, and not easy to fill,” notes Cal Maritime President William B. Eisenhardt. “In addition to the standard maritime skills of vessel command and management, it also requires an individual who is good at working with young people, who teaches by example and one who serves as leader, delegator, diplomat and innovator.”

By Professional Mariner Staff