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Captain Bert Rogers

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 13, 2018

Updated August 30, 2018

To the Membership of Tall Ships America and to the Tall Ship Community at Large,

It is with great sadness that I have to report to you that we have lost a great shipmate, colleague, and friend — Bert Rogers — Executive Director of Tall Ships America. He was enjoying a reunion with his family in Iowa when he passed away suddenly.

Bert dropped out of college to sail on Romance with Captain Arthur Kimberly, and never looked back. He was a champion of sail training and a true friend to many in our community.

There will be a remembrance of Bert to be held in Gloucester Massachusetts in the coming weeks around Labor Day (details to be announced)

Bert had already announced his plans to transition out of the Executive Director position at Tall Ships America, and while the search for his successor will now be accelerated, the staff will continue with operations as before, and we will update you with interim provisions.

Please join me in expressing condolences to Bert’s family.


Michael Rauworth
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Tall Ships America


Update as to Bert Rogers Memorial

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 — 2:00 pm

Fort Adams State Park (near the piers)

Newport, Rhode Island


  • Kindly RSVP if you are planning to attend, https://goo.gl/forms/mXiQdl9KAYFBHpKf2 — a headcount will help us plan better.
  • Parking at Fort Adams will be plentiful.
  • Space in the tent may not be plentiful (at least not enough to accommodate everyone).
  • Accordingly, all sailors, kindly be sure to bring your foul weather gear (at least in your car), so that seats in the tent remain available for those not well-equipped to stand for the duration — Bert would have wanted it that way.
  • The events will be videotaped, for viewing later by — among others — Bert’s son James, currently at sea aboard Picton Castle. The video gear will be available immediately after the ceremonies end, for those who wish to record their own remembrance — either pre-written and read to the camera, or spontaneous. These remembrances may — if wished — be directed to Bert’s son.
  • Harvey Gamage’s folks have told us that berths are available to sail to the ceremony from Portland aboard that worthy craft. There may also be overnight bunk space for those who do not arrive by sea. If interested, kindly contact:

sydneylhebert@ocean-passages.org (or 855-212-0123 (ext. 1)) for information.

  • For those arriving by air or rail, the following RIPTA buses will deliver you to the Gateway Center in downtown Newport, for a charge of only $2.00:
      • The #14 bus runs from the airport
      • The #64 bus runs from Kingston Station (Amtrak)
      • The #60 runs from Providence (Amtrak)
    • There are also shuttles from the airport to Newport
    • There is also a ferry from Providence that is $10.
    • Once in Newport, attendees may get a taxi /UBER/Lyft out to Fort Adams, unless a ride is arranged (below).
  • Ridesharing arrangements may be negotiated by leaving comments in the Comments section of the Tall Ships America Facebook Page on which this message appears. However, no ridesharing calls to the Tall Ships America office, please.
  • There will be time afterwards — outside the tent — for suitable conviviality, the way Bert would have wanted it.
  • Anyone with skill and a musical instrument is respectfully encouraged to bring it along (in the car), and we’ll see what happens after we finish. Bert would have been happy to know that a jam broke out at his memorial.


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