Inductees - 2016

Capt. Jack Hearn III

Capt. Jack Hearn III


Capt. Jack Hearn III is from an extended maritime family. He began his career as an Ordinary Seaman while still attending Cape Henlopen High School and rose via the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy to become a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Master Mariner, Unlimited Tonnage upon Oceans, a First Class Pilot in Alaskan waters and a Naval Reserve Officer. His seagoing career spanned forty years, twenty-five commanding many ships and crews, often under arduous conditions.

Serving twenty years in Alaskan waters he developed and demonstrated considerable capabilities in handling cold and heavy sea conditions and becoming expert in ice navigation. He also commanded maritime sealift ships supporting the U.S. military in Mid-East combat zones and under enemy fire. He was awarded the U.S. Navy Meritorious Public Service Medal, the United Seamen’s Service Mariners Plaque twice for heroism, and both U.S. Army and Navy Commendations.

Captain Hearn is a founder, the first Executive Director and a principal officer of the American Professional Mariners Association. The APMA is a national non-profit organization established to help mariners and their families with career and support services. His leadership contributed greatly to the development and career enhancement of individual mariners, union reform and management aspects of the U.S. maritime industry. In addition to his service through the APMA, he continues his professional work in the maritime industry as a Watch Officer for the Delaware River and Bay Pilots Association and maintains his long-time active volunteer involvement in various national and local community organizations.

Commodore Thomas Macdonough

Commodore Thomas Macdonough


Commodore Thomas Macdonough (1783-1825) Thomas Macdonough was a hero of the Barbary Wars and victor in the battle of Lake Champlain, which brought the British government to the negotiating table and set conditions to end the War of 1812, “status quo ante”, a draw. He was, however, more than a hero and commander. Historian Theodore Roosevelt wrote of Thomas Macdonough:

Down to the time of the Civil War he is the greatest figure in our naval history. A thoroughly religious man, he was as generous and humane as he was skillful and brave; one of the greatest of our sea-captains, he has left a stainless name behind him.

During the First Barbary War Midshipman Macdonough volunteered to be by Lieutenant Stephen Decatur’s side in the surreptitious, daring raid into Tripoli harbor to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia. Lord Horacio Nelson called this "The most daring act of the age." Macdonough was again at Decatur’s side in hand-to-hand combat during gunboat battles inside Tripoli harbor. In September 1814, as the commander of a small naval force on Lake Champlain he helped stall a British invasion short of Plattsburg, New York. Then, by a well-planned strategy, innovative seamanship, and determined leadership while injured, he defeated a superior naval reinforcing force, gained control of the lake, and precipitated the withdrawal of the invaders. Alfred Thayer Mahan called his victory the “decisive” battle of the war. In his subsequent career Captain Macdonough rose through command of frigates and ships-of-the line to become Commodore of the Mediterranean Squadron.

Constance Marshall Miller

Constance Marshall Miller


Constance Marshall Miller is a ninth generation member of a Lewes maritime family. She is a locally, nationally and internationally recognized sailor. She has been instrumental in establishing the Delaware Bay as a regatta destination and a sailing center. She has also devoted her time and talents to working with children and volunteering with community organizations.

Connie is a lifelong family sailor, racing with her father in Mobjacks for 46 years. Subsequently, she became a nationally ranked Master Sunfish sailor and continues as a nationally ranked Senior Sunfish sailor. She has served as sailing and regatta chairperson for the Lewes Yacht Club. In that role she helped establish the first public sailing school at the Lewes Yacht Club and accompanied many young sailors on the National Sunfish Regatta circuit. Connie was elected to be the first and only female Commodore of the Lewes Yacht Club.

Connie worked to bring national and international regattas to the area. Through her initiative the Hobie North American Championships, Mid-Atlantic Sunfish Championships and the Sunfish World Championship have been held locally.

In addition to her sailing interests Connie taught art in Delaware schools for 24 years. She is an internationally acclaimed artist specializing in making Sailor’s Valentines from tiny seashells she collects from around the world. In 2004, Connie co-authored a book about Sailor’s Valentines.

Among her many volunteer activities, Connie serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Beach House and leads volunteers to work on their fundraisers. Every summer she teaches ceramics to young artists at the Children’s Beach House.

Harry Steven Rogers

Harry Stevens Rogers


Harry Steven Rogers is a maritime historian of many talents---researcher, educator, artist---who has made significant contributions to the genre of wooden boat building and to preserving the fishing heritage of Lewes. Steve discovered and catalogued a collection of menhaden fishing boat drawings in the Maine Historical Society. From one, he recreated the plans of the Helen Euphane of Lewes and wrote her history.

Steve is a faculty member of the Wooden Boat Building School in Brookin, Maine. He is a founder of the Bevin Skiff boat building program in Lewes. He has collaborated on five books on boat building. Steve displays his artistic talent on both canvas and in wood. He is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists. His many paintings of fishing and its boats are widely shown and sold. The one most often viewed, "Race to the Finish&, is in the Lewes Public Library.

Steve’s boat models are authentic and detailed. His large model of the City of Lewes, also in the library, is a work of art but also a reference work. His model of the B. F. McComber in the Cannonball House Museum highlights a story of maritime danger. His model of Helen Euphane was awarded a Certificate of Commendation at the 2000 World Model Shipbuilders' Competition. Steve’s generosity is unbounded. He has donated models for display and prints for sale, but has also given the proceeds from his work and his time to local preservation causes and art groups.

Dr. Gary David Wray

Dr. Gary David Wray


Dr. Gary David Wray is an educator and noted military historian. As a founder and President of the Fort Miles Historical Association, he has provided the vision and leadership for the restoration of World War II coastal defense Fort Miles and the creation of a preeminent WW II museum and gun park. That complex will provide displays and programs covering unique aspects of Delaware and national maritime history: Delaware’s historic bay forts, enemy submarine operations within Delaware’s waters, the successful naval submarine war in the Atlantic marked by a submarine surrendering at the fort, and victory in the Pacific as Japan surrendered under the gun barrel of the battleship Missouri now on display in the park.

Dr. Wray initially collaborated with State Historian, Lee Jennings, to conceive and plan the restoration and to motivate a group of enthusiastic and hardworking volunteers to begin the effort. By expanding his vision and publicizing it, he generated wide public interest and gained support for several successful fundraising campaigns. His diligent work at all levels of the state government has established the Fort Miles Historic Area within Cape Henlopen State Park as a cooperative effort of Delaware State Parks and the Association.

Dr. Wray’s work has brought the cape area and Delaware national recognition. In 2005, Fort Miles was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2012, Dr. Wray and the Association received the Historic Preservation Award by the Association of State Parks Directors. Dr. Wray has been recognized by the Governor and the Legislature of Delaware.