Meet the Team

Meet some of our Docents, Volunteers, Staff, and Benefactors.

Meet the Team

Welcome Pete Hames

Welcome aboard to Peter Hames our newest volunteer. Pete recently retired from management consulting with over 54 years’ experience in the maritime industry. In January he enrolled in an online master’s degree program in Maritime and Naval Studies offered by SUNY Maritime College. One of his classes has been Introduction to the Issues and Challenges…

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Remembering Harry Bounds

Harry C. Bounds was born in Baltimore, Md. on May 22, 1925 and died on June 26, 2014 under much loving care by his second wife Verlyn. In 1936, Harry moved to Houston with his family. He joined the Navy on May 22, 1942 the day he turned 17, and went around the world and…

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Whit Drake

Whit Drake combines incredible knowledge of the maritime world with humorous anecdotes of the ships, people, and places related to the stories in our museum. His fun and engaging tours are the highlight of our Tuesdays! What is your maritime background? None! I’m the first docent without a maritime background; my hobby is history, especially…

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Laurence Shallenberger

Laurence Shallenberger’s life-long interest in the sea, boats and airplanes lead him to the museum. Following military service and a long career with Exxon, Laurence docked at the maritime museum. Since joining the crew nine years ago, Laurence has become one of our most sought after docents. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the maritime stories…

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Meet our Board Chairman

Robert A. Fry, Jr. Years ago I had the privilege meeting Jim Manzolillo, the founder of the Houston Maritime Museum. I was impressed with his knowledge of the maritime industry and his vision for a museum to tell its story. As of this month, I have the honor of serving as Chairman of the Board…

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Linda Lord

Linda has been a volunteer at Houston Maritime Musem for over two years. During her first visit to Houston Maritime, Linda became interested in ship modeling, and she continues to pursue that hobby today. After a successful career in chemical engineering, Linda became a volunteer at Houston Maritime, where she has primarily been involved with…