The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc.

Tampa Bay Chapter

Chapter Meets 2nd Tuesday Each Month October through June

Place: Columbia Restaurant       Time: 1130


Meetings are held monthly (except July, August & September)

Next Meeting:   October 11, 2018

Time:                  1130

Speaker:            TBD

Place:                 Columbia Restaurant, 7th Ave & 22nd Street


Chapter Mailing Address: 50 Baywood Ct. , Palm Harbor, FL  34683


About the CAMM Tampa Chapter

The Tampa Bay Chapter serves the Tampa Bay and Central Florida areas. We are a fraternal and benevolent society,

contributing to the best interests and well being of its members both professionally and socially. The Tampa Bay Chapter celebrated its 25th anniversary as CAMM Charter on November 14th, 2014.

We are intend to stay committed to CAMM's Mission Statement in the years to come.


Our mission is to recognize, foster and otherwise assist all wise and provident measures dedicated to the furtherance
of the Maritime industry of the United States of America; to assist in the enhancement of the stature of
the American Master Mariner; and to promote accomplishment of those purposes set forth in the Declaration of Policy in the constitution of the national Council of American Master Mariners, Inc.


The Tampa Bay Chapter received its charter into CAMM on November 14, 1989, and currently boasts 43 members.



Chapter meetings are held at the historic Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Ybor City district on the second Tuesday of each month. There will be no meetings during the summer break in July, August and September.


We line up interesting guest speakers two or three times a year. The December meeting is a social meeting including members’ wives, girl friends and guests. We plan on at least one other social (non-business) event during the year in order to promote more interest among our members.


The Columbia is located on the corner of 7th Ave. and 22nd Street. We begin gathering in the bar at 11:30 and sit down to lunch at 12 noon. Lunch is $17.00. Please have exact change or use a check made out to CAMM Tampa Bay. Contact any of the chapter officers if you need further information.


Become a Tampa Bay Chapter Member

Any member of the National CAMM in good standing, residing, working, or otherwise situated within the Tampa Bay/Central Florida area are eligible to join the Tampa Bay Chapter of CAMM. Members of the national Council not residing or working in the area described and not affiliated with another established chapter of the CAMM may be a member of and associate with the Tampa Bay/Central Florida Chapter. We offer 4 classes of membership, with same requirements as the national CAMM: Regular, Special, Associate, and Honorary membership.


We also offer a “Companion” membership class for members who are not members of National CAMM. Companion members shall have all the rights and privileges of active membership, with the exception of voting and holding elective office.

Tampa Bay Chapter Officers


President Captain Robert Holden



Shore-Side Vice President - David B. Partridige

Born 1940 Worcester, Mass.

Graduated USMMA Kings Point, 1962

Served 3rd/2nd mate Delta (West Africa) and MSTS (to Far East)until 2/65

2/65 entered graduate school, University of California, Berkeley. Received M.B.A. 6/66.

Returned to sea to sail the ships to Vietnam as Second Mate, and then Chief Mate with Grace, Columbia, American Foreign and Waterman.

Original Masters Licence 9/68.

Joined Sea-Land 11/69, was permanent Chief Mate 12/69 on SS Raphael Semmes to shuttle on the coast of Vietnam.

12/72 assigned permanent Master same vessel, still shuttling out of Cam Ranh Bay, and then Hong Kong. 7/75 assigned as Master SS Mayaguez (after Cambodia) , also home port Hong Kong, until mid 1977.

This was followed by 7 ½ yrs Seattle-Anchorage-Kodiak, 5 yrs. New York /N. Europe, and finally 12 yrs Master of the SS Sea-Land Pacific, West Coast to Hawaii, Guam, Far East, retiring 10/99.

Among the many unusual events of this sea time he had occasion to tow the SS Raphael Semmes with the SS Mayaguez for five days in the South China Sea in 1975 and in 1980, as Master of the SS Portland, was standby vessel at the rescue of the passengers of the MV Princendam in the Gulf of Alaska.

Living in Bradenton since 1998.


Sea-Going Vice President - Captain Scott Moser

I currently sail with Sealift Inc. aboard the MV TSGT John A. Chapman. I have been aboard the Chapman for five years and sailed with Sealift for 15 years. I live in Lutz, FL with my wife Janet and my two children, Summer and Morgan.


Born 1963 in Hood River, OR

Attended both Texas Maritime and California Maritime. Graduated in 1987.

Spent five years working coastwise Japan on a MSC charted tanker.

Four years carrying AID cargo to East and West Africa. (On a real live stick ship).

Currently chartered to MSC carrying Air Force prepositioned cargo.


Secretary - Ronald J. Meiczenger


Treasurer - Captain Donald M. Mercereau

Born 7/16/25 Staten Island, N. Y. into a long line of seafarers

Graduated from N. Y. Public Schools

Captain Mercereau enlisted U.S. Coast Guard and served as Quartermaster on USS Hurst DE 250 during convoy escort duty in the Atlantic and European Theaters 1944-1945 and Pacific/Asian Theaters until discharged in 1946.


Captain Mercereau entered the United NY, NJ Sandy Hook Pilot Association in 1946 as an apprentice and received certification and USCG Master/1st class Pilot License during apprenticeship. In 1951 received State of New Jersey Pilot License and worked as a Pilot with the Sandy Hook Pilot association until retirement in 1977.


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