Texas A&M University at Galveston was officially presented the "M" Award Friday from the U.S. Maritime Administration for outstanding performance and maintenance of the Texas Clipper II, the school's maritime vessel. Marking the
first time in almost 60 years the award has been presented.
Texas A&M at Galveston Vice President and CEO Michael Kemp
accepted the award, noting that it is "a great testament to our
officers and crew of the Texas Clipper II. I want to especially
congratulate Rear Adm. Richard Lukens, who oversees our maritime
program, and Capt. Jack Stephenson, master of the Texas Clipper
II. Without their efforts, we probably would not have received
this prestigious award."
The "M" Award was presented to U.S. maritime ships before and
during World War II when the maritime administration oversaw the
world's greatest shipbuilding effort – more than 6,000 merchant
vessel and naval auxiliaries were constructed for wartime use.
The Award of Merit, better known as the "M" Award, was presented
to ships in recognition of superior standing. The "M" Award was
discontinued when the war ended, and the inaugural presentation
of the honor was bestowed upon the Texas Clipper II on Friday.
The ship will fly the "M" pennant, representing the award, for
The Texas Clipper II is a 394-ft. training ship that serves as
Texas A&M-Galveston's "floating classroom." It is owned by the
U.S. Maritime Administration
, which oversees all operations and
training programs of the vessel.
The Texas Clipper II is one of six state maritime ships currently
in the United States