— The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. —
Seattle/Pacific Northwest Chapter
About SPNW Chapter
Captain Richard Klein presides over the CAMM Seattle / Pacific Northwest Chapter. The SPNW Chapter was chartered on May 26, 1981.
Early historical information is from notes written by Captain Raymond G. Brown, one of the original chapter members.
The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. membership roster for 1980 listed on 22 resident members in Washington State. That was enough to encourage Captain Charles “Chick” Gedney, permanent Master of the President Jefferson at the time, member of the CAMM San Francisco Bay Chapter and North Pacific Regional Vice President, to attempt to form a Chapter in Seattle. He found a willing confederate in Captain Rodney Palmer, then Operations Manager, APL, Seattle.
Accordingly, members met on May 27, 1980, at Andy’s Diner, 4th Ave. South, with Captain Gedney. They were Captain Alan Dougall, Donald Adler, Ottis Abney, Raymond Brown, John Monson, Rodney Palmer and Donald Moore. Andy’s Diner had only one meetings room with a long table that could seat 14. It was a noisy, intimate place, and the food was good.
Attendance and interest in the Chapter increased in the following months. In November 1980, the meeting location was changed to the Polynesia Restaurant, on the Seattle Waterfront, in order to accommodate the number of luncheon attendees.
In December 1980, Captain Don Moore presided at the meeting and presented a draft of the Seattle/Pacific NW Chapter Constitution and By-Laws for consideration. In January 1981, Captain Moore was elected the Chapter’s first president.
The request for Chapter Charter was approved by the National on May 26, 1981. The Charter request held 68 names. Captain Ray Eisenberg presented the Charter at the July 1981 meeting. By 1981, the membership roster was over 100 names. Luncheon attendance would average between 30-40 members which required another restaurant move. The venue of choice was Ivar’s Captains Table restaurant.
The Seattle/Pacific NW Chapter hosted the CAMM Annual General Meeting at the Crowne-Plaza Hotel on May 12-13, 1988. Highlights were the harbor tour and dinner aboard Thea Foss with the added attraction of seeing a fish processor collide with a dock. The dinner dance on May 13 was attended by 122 people. Event organizer Captain Don Moore received well-deserved thanks from participants.
In 1992, the Canal Restaurant at the foot of the 24th Street in Ballard became the new location for monthly luncheons. Later this waterfront restaurant was renamed the Yankee Grill. As of 2005, the Chapter continues to meet at this location.
In April 2004, the Seattle/Pacific NW Chapter once again hosted the CAMM Annual Meeting. Captain Don Moore once again did a great job organizing the event held at Seattle’s Lake Union Silver Cloud Hotel. Highlights included a dinner cruise on Lake Washington, a trip to the Skagit Valley tulip fields for spouses, a day-long Professional Conference and a well-attended closing dinner which featured USCG Captain Danny Ellis as the Keynote Speaker.