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Harbormasters are the stewards of our harbors – the center of our coastal communities. They manage the overall ecosystem, including moorings and docks, harbor uses and harbor users, and interactions between local, state and federal government. Of all of our public stewards (police, EMT, fire etc.) these men and women receive the least recognition.

Harbormaster Appreciation Day* -- a day to honor our U.S. Harbormasters and the great work they do -- occurs annually on October 8th.

* National Harbormaster Appreciation Day is registered with the National Day Archive.

Jason Wheeler, Harbormaster --Shelter Cove Mariana, Hilton Head, SC

Jason Wheeler – Shelter Cove Marina – Hilton Head, SC

Shelter Cove Marina Harbourmaster, Jason Wheeler, is an exceptional example of what customer service should look like. Jason is the first to arrive in the morning and the last one […]

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Blake Anderson – Santa Cruz, CA

I started my career at the harbor as a Deputy Harbormaster working the night shift in 2009. I became Harbormaster in February of 2020. Our 1000 slip harbor is the […]

Scott Grindy – San Francisco Marina & Small Craft Harbor, CA

I am originally from Seattle area coming to the Bay Area with about 4 years into San Francisco.  Prior to SF, I was with the Port of Everett, WA. operating […]

Captain Jim Suber, Dockmaster, Jacksonville, FL

Captain Jim Suber – Jacksonville, FL

I am the Waterways Coordinator/Dock Master for the City of Jacksonville. After 32 years in Law Enforcement (including Marine Enforcement) I retired, and was offered this position in September 2006. We […]

Travas Taylor – Lexington, MI

I’ve worked at Lexington State Harbor here in Michigan for three years now, and as harbormaster for two. I love the close-knit community where everyone is very friendly and willing […]

Katherine Pickering, Harbormaster in Belfast, ME

Katherine Pickering – Belfast, ME

I’ve always felt fortunate to work on Belfast Harbor. I started in 1989 at a local boatyard before being appointed as Harbor Master for the City of Belfast in 1993 […]

Dana B. Rice, Sr. -- Gouldsboro ME Harbormaster

Dana B. Rice Sr. – Gouldsboro, ME

I’ve been Gouldsboro’s Harbormaster for more than 40 years. Gouldsboro has six harbors and several anchorage areas. We have approximately 175 moorings for mostly commercial boats, but also pleasure boats. […]

Tom Bell – Darien, CT

I am the volunteer Harbormaster for the 7 harbors in our town. I’ve been the Harbormaster for 9 years. One of the best parts of my job is helping people […]

Scott Story and Rosemary Lesch - Harbormasters in Rockport, MA

Scott Story & Rosemary Lesch – Rockport, MA

Scott Story and Rosemary Lesch have been Co-Harbormasters for the town of Rockport for over 30 years. They each came to the job as EMT’s, Maritime Licensed Captains and with […]

Don Procko - Harbormaster in Mystic, CT

Don Procko – Mystic, CT

I retired after 35 years as a public school “shop”teacher, a job I loved. After serving on the Harbor Management Commission, I became Harbor Master of Mystic (Stonington and Groton) […]

Harbormaster Robert Ganem - Somerset MA

Robert Ganem – Somerset, MA

Robert “Buster” Ganem has been working tirelessly for the boating community in Somerset, MA since 1991. Ensuring safety and fun on the local waters. He is also an Hero, in […]

Harbormaster's Boat - Winthrop, MA

Larry Powers – Winthrop, MA

Harbormaster for 4 years. Retired Fire Chief from Winthrop. Submitted by L. Powers

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National Harbormaster Appreciation Day is brought to you annually by US Harbors.

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