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Samuel Eliot Morison Award For Naval Literature

2016 Winner Announced

Tim McGrath

Give Me A Fast Ship

The Continental Navy and

America's Revolution at Sea

Tim McGrath, winner of the 2016 RADM Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature, will be received by the New York Commandery and speak at our Annual Book Award dinner, to be held at the Racquet & Tennis Club in New York City on Monday evening, 7 November 2016.

Tim McGrath is President of Health and Science Health Center executive search firm and has served on the Board of Directors of the Kearsley Retirement Community (founded by Benjamin Franklin’s physician), Christ Church Hospital, the Philadelphia Senior Center, Fort Mifflin on the Delaware, and the Independence Seaport Museum.  He is a graduate of Temple University and the author of numerous articles on management, healthcare and US history. His first book, John Barry: an American Hero in the Age of Sail, won the Navy League’s first Commodore John Barry Book Award in 2010, and the American Revolutionary Roundtable Book of the Year Award.  His latest book Give Me a Fast Ship has received strong reviews from the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer and Naval History, Sea History and Military History magazines. It was also awarded the Navy League of the United States, New York Council's John Barry Book Award. g


The RADM Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature dinner is an annual black-tie event held by the New York Commandery, and recognizes an author "who by his published writings has made a substantial contribution to the preservation of the history and traditions of the United States Navy."

At the beginning of World War II, President Roosevelt appointed Samuel Eliot Morison as the nation's official historian of naval operations during that war. His only restriction was to safeguard information that would endanger national security. He served on eleven different ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific. The result of his work is a unique "shooting history" of 16 extraordinary volumes, the only work of its kind created to date. He was a Pulitzer Prize winning author, a Trumbull Professor of American History Emeritus at Harvard, and a Retired Rear Admiral in the United States Naval Reserve.

Admiral Morison died on 15 May 1976 in Boston. 

The credo borne on his gravestone, at his request reads, "Dream dreams, then write them - aye, but live them first.