Inductees - 2018

Frank Saulsbury (Pats) Carter Sr


Frank Saulsbury (Pats) Carter Sr. was a naval officer who served in both World War I and II. As a family man, his maritime interests inspired his daughter to marry a pilot and his son and grandson to naval service. He was a civic leader, businessman and sailing enthusiast in Lewes.

Frank Carter graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1909. He served in the Atlantic on cruisers and during WW I on the battleship USS Georgia on convoy operations. He remained aboard Georgia as flagship of the Pacific Fleet. Returning to active duty again in 1939, as Lieutenant Commander, he served as the first Officer-in-Charge of the Harbor Entrance Control Post (HECP) at Fort Miles on Cape Henlopen until January 1944. The HECP was the keystone in the defense of Delaware Bay and the vital national defense industries inland. His leadership kept the HECP continually alert to identify, meet, board, inspect and control the movements of all ships approaching the bay and to authorize their entry past the army mine and gun defenses and navy anti-submarine defenses. Commander Carter took the lead in assisting the Coast Guard and pilots as they took over new roles in creating and operating a convoy system. He later served as Executive Officer of the Torpedo Station on Long Island, NY.

Frank Carter was a prominent citizen of Lewes. He had several businesses, was a town Commissioner, Vestryman of St Peters and, with his wife, a founding member and Commodore of the Lewes Yacht Club.

Dale W. Clifton


Dale W. Clifton is an internationally recognized marine archeologist, museum developer, public speaker on maritime history and devoted educator who shares his love of maritime preservation with others, especially children.

His career in preserving maritime history started at a young age on the beaches of Delaware, collecting artifacts. He was employed for many years by the state bureau of museums at the Island field site, Zwaanendael Museum and Prince Georges Chapel documenting and describing their histories. Meanwhile, he began investigating and mapping shipwreck and colonial sites along Delmarva. As a marine archeologist, he has worked on hundreds of recovery projects including the discovery and salvage of artifacts from the Spanish treasure fleets of 1622 and 1715.

Mr. Clifton opened a museum in 1991 to house his vast collection of artifacts. In 1995 he moved it to Fenwick Island where it is open free of charge to the public. Mr. Clifton regularly interacts with many of the museum’s 80,000 annual visitors, 40% of whom are children, explaining exhibits and their associated history. He especially talks with the young people, encouraging their education in history.

Mr. Clifton was the organizer of the effort by DiscoverSea and a group of local historians to preserve Delaware’s maritime history through mapping, documentation and media databases to be made available to everyone. He assists other museums such as the Treasures of the Sea at DelTech, was a founding board member for the Indian River Life Saving Project and regularly lectures on maritime history to local organizations.

Patrick Cooke


Patrick Cooke is a man with a strong love of the waterfront and the maritime community. He has worked on the river for over 40 years. As a member of the ILA (International Longshoremen’s Association) Local Union #1694 he has had a major influence on the labor force and on the expansion of the Port of Wilmington.

Pat Cooke began his career on the waterfront in 1962. He initially worked in the “hole,” and then became a crane / heavy utility operator. He quickly rose to “gear man” and shortly thereafter was promoted to Superintendent of a Stevedoring Company. He traveled to many different ports to model proper performance and handling of equipment. He was specially requested to supervise the unloading of equipment in the Middle East.

In 1988 he was elected President of the ILA Local #1694 and served for 10 years. During that time through his vision, advocacy and fostering a partnership between labor and management, he was a major influence on the continuing vitality and expansion of the Port of Wilmington. His foresight and commitment made a lasting impact not only on the Port of Wilmington but the surrounding community. During 1999-2003 he volunteered many hours for Tall Ships Delaware, Delaware Port Days and Maritime Festivals. After retirement because of his love of the waterfront he has continued to volunteer and work for the port.

Mr. Cooke has been awarded the John E. Babiarz Maritime Award for his significant contributions to the Port of Wilmington. He has received the local NAACP Lifetime Community Service Award.

William R. (Red) Moulinier


William R. (Red) Moulinier’s long commitment to and leadership of the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation (DRBLHF) have been critical to assuring the restoration and preservation of the 92 year old Harbor of Refuge Light. While he served the Foundation in many positions, it was his vision, as President, to build a permanent dock at the Light, followed by his tireless efforts at fundraising and skillful project management that have facilitated making the historic Lewes landmark lighthouse again available to everyone.

Because of nature’s continual destruction of docks, tours and preservation work had ended. Red’s vision was to build a permanent dock, a monumental and expensive project. Red personally led and actively participated throughout the effort with a small team of volunteers. He undertook community education and fundraising, wrote successful grant requests, and recognized the opportunity to gain additional funds after Hurricane Sandy. Red initiated the process and worked with the DRBLHF Board and State offices to choose the engineers, contractors and builders. The dock was completed in November 2016, in the spring of 2017, work began to clean, paint and gradually restore the beauty of this iconic landmark and tours resumed in June 2018

Red’s sense of volunteerism with non-profit organizations has been a major focus in his life. His additional commitments to the maritime organizations have been as Chairperson of the Pilot Town Cemetery Committee, serving on the Board of Directors and as Commodore of the Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association (RBSA) and as President of the Rehoboth Bay Foundation

Captain Stephen Roberts


Following in his father’s wake, Captain Stephen Roberts has been a Delaware River Pilot for 34 years. Known as a pilot’s-pilot, he serves as a role model and mentor to junior pilots, a senior steward of the Pilots’ Association’s continued viability and a champion for those who make their livelihoods on the Bay and River Delaware.

Steve has served on multiple maritime boards and committees making significant contributions in the areas of navigation safety, technology, port security and development. He redesigned the buoy system at the entrance to Delaware Bay to avoid close vessel encounters. He authored and managed a federal grant to expand radar coverage from Cape Henlopen to Philadelphia. A vessel transit protocol he created now enables ships with deeper draft than the channel depth to safely transit the river, increasing revenue to our region’s ports.

A highlight of Steve’s career is his tenure as Chairman of the Port of Philadelphia’s Mariner’s Advisory Committee, where he helped to set navigation safety policy and improve communication regarding port navigation hazards. As Chair, he helped secure continued funding for the P.O.R.T.S. real time tide system. His role on the Maritime Transportation System Recovery Unit was critical in facilitating the safe resumption of commerce within 24 hours of hurricanes Irene and Sandy. He also founded our region’s first Wind Energy working group, which was a catalyst for the USCG’s first coast-wide study of marine traffic in the U.S. For these and other efforts he received a 2013 USCG Meritorious Public Service award.