Captain David Berson, 2016 Grand Marshal

Captain David Berson is a Renaissance Man.  And, a specialist in all things Maritime.  He holds a 400 ton Merchant Marine Masters License, was a former relief skipper and celestial navigator instructor aboard the schooners PioneerHarvey Gamage and Ocean Star, and the yawl Petrel.  He is a contributing editor to Ocean Navigator Magazine, in which he writes celestial navigation problems cleverly woven into a seafaring story.

 David co-owns and operates Glory with Andrew Rowsom. It is the only Coast Guard certificated, solar charged, electric powered tour boat in United States. Operating from Preston’s dock since 1999, he provides ecological, scenic and educational tours of Greenport’s bays, inlets and shorelines.  Along with Meg Bennett, David organizes and runs the year-round, not-for-profit educational foundation “Glory Going Green Inc.,” which provides Greenport children with free education programs in art, science, music and writing.

Not only is he a skilled seaman, David is a talented writer, musician and raconteur.  He was a chantey man at the South Street Museum, performs alongside David Nyce singing contemporary music while playing his guitar, has written two books about celestial navigation and another about the craftspeople of Greenport, played host in the video High Seas Schooner, was the vibrant auctioneer during the 2015 Land & Sea Gala, and emcee during Greenport’s Tall Ships Challenge last year.

But what David does best is give of himself -- to East End Seaport Museum, to the Village of Greenport, to his family, friends and neighbors . . . and most of all to the children of our community.

This is why East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation has chosen to honor David Berson as the 2016 Maritime Festival Grand Marshal. We applaud and appreciate you, David.  Thank you for all you do!