Mystic Seaport honored Charles A. Robertson with the 2014 America and the Sea Award.
Presented annually by the museum, the award recognizes an individual or organization whose contribution to the history, arts, business, or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American character.
Robertson received the award at a gala held in his honor Nov. 5 in New York City.
Engaged in the maritime industry since 1973, Robertson pioneered the small ship cruise industry in the United States with his founding of American Cruise Lines, now the largest cruise company in the country.
Robertson is a recognized expert on cruise ship regulations in the United States, is an avid sailor and holds a USCG Master’s License and First Class Pilot’s License for unlimited tonnage and has been an expert witness for the Coast Guard before the NTSB and Congressional Committees.