The Sea Scout ship Albatross, based in Martinez, has been selected as the 2012 National Flagship by the Boy Scouts of America, during the 100th anniversary of the Sea Scout program.
The ship's boatswain is Catherine Murphy-Bevan and skipper is Adam Mollwitz.
The award, created by BoatUS in 2002, recognizes excellence in program quality, youth achievement and adult commitment. The S.S.S. Albatross name is inscribed on a perpetual trophy on display at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. An identical trophy was presented to the ship's leadership at the 60th Ancient Mariner Regatta onboard the USS Hornet in Alameda.
The ship met or exceeded all national standards, and personnel provided a written summary of accomplishments and activities during the past year, which included attaining the gold level of the Journey to Excellence national award for 2011, competing in eight regional regattas, hosting two events, and participating in the Safety at Sea at Yerba Buena Island.
S.S.S. Albatross was chartered by Security Owners Corp. of the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The main training vessel is a 65-foot, ex-Navy torpedo Retriever from 1968; and other training vessels include the ski boat "Little Tross," the runabout "Tadpole," and the "Shenanigans" whaleboat.
Sea Scouts have been in Martinez since 1932.