NOVEMBER 22, 2013 — International Propeller Club of the United States has honored Captain Richard Goben, Port Captain of Hornblower Cruises & Events in San Diego, as the 2013 Maritime Person of the Year. Captain Goben was given the honor "in recognition of service as an ambassador on behalf of the maritime industry and in gratitude for tireless advocacy for maritime safety and security".
Captain Goben is a licensed ship master and has worked in the San Diego cruise industry as the Port Captain for Hornblower Cruises and Events for over 25 years, as well as serving on the board of the San Diego Port of the Propeller Club. He also volunteers as Captain of the oldest iron hulled sailing ship in the world, the "Star of India," built in 1863. Most recently the Star of India celebrated her 150th Birthday with three historic days of sailing with Captain Goben at the helm.
Captain Goben's past awards include the "Roger Murphy National Safety Award" from the Passenger Vessel Association, the "Outstanding Leadership Award" from the Naval Order of the United States, and the "Creative Innovation in Sailing Programming" award from US Sailing. He is also a past recipient of Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International Gold Key Award.