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Meet your Hornblower Captains:

 Captain Chadwick Cummings: 
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Captain Chad has been working for Hornblower Cruises & Events since 1998, that’s almost 20 years. Chad was in the Navy for 4 years. He loves whale watching, and you can hear it in his narration on the whale watching cruise and
with the way he handles the customers who are experiencing Whale watching for the first time! Captain Chad was the original catalyst for Hornblower starting a summer whale watching program in 2014.
Before 2014, Hornblower only offered gray whale watching in the winter. Capt. Chad works on weekends leading our gray and blue whale watching cruises. He has a degree in Astrophysics with a minor in Mathematics.
Captain Richard Goben, Hornblower’s Port Captain for over 25 years: (pictured with Captain Gary Meyer)
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Captain Richard Goben taught sailing while attending the University of California, San Diego.  During this time, he received his first Coast Guard license.  He ran classic sail and power passenger vessels for many years. During his college days, Richard became a writer for magazines, such as Sail, Sea, and other marine related publications. In the 1980s, he became involved in the America’s Cup sailboat races, and was a Navigator for Dennis Conners’ “B” team during the 1983 Cup races. In 1984, Richard began crewing on the 1863 Barque Star of India for the San Diego Maritime Museum.  In 1996, Richard served as Mate, then in 1998, became  Master.  The Star is the oldest active sailing ship in the world, and the only Class “A” sailing vessel known to not have an engine.  Captain Rich is still Master. In 1990, Hornblower Cruises bought Invader Cruises, and leased the 150 foot racing schooner, Invader.  Richard was the Captain of the Schooner Invader at the time, and joined  Hornblower as their Port Captain. He holds a Master’s license for power, steam and sail vessels of 1600 tons (Inland Mate) and 500 tons, (Ocean Master).  He is  also certified as Able Seaman, Unlimited.Captain Rich has been operating Passenger vessels since 1978, including Whale Watching vessels.  He completed the Naturalist class at the San Diego Natural History Museum, and serves as a volunteer on the Raptor Rehabilitation team for Project Wildlife.

Richard serves on the San Diego Harbor Safety Committee, and on the Executive Steering Committee of the Area Maritime Security Committee.  He also serves on the Safety and Security Committee for the Passenger Vessel Association of the United States. Richard is also an instructor in CPR/AED and First Aid for the American Red Cross.  In 1998, he received the “Outstanding Leadership” award from the Naval Order of the United States.  Each year, Richard heads a volunteer program to have Hornblower narrators serve on Family cruises on US Navy ships.  He has done this on over 50 Naval vessels. Other awards include the 2000 “Hospitality Employee of the Year” award from HSMA San Diego, and the 2001 “Creative Innovation in Sailing Programming” Award from US Sailing.  In 2002, Richard was awarded the first Annual “Roger Murphy National Safety Award” from the Passenger Vessel Association.  He now also serves on the PVA  National Safety and Security Committee.  In addition to his Port Captain duties, Richard is also the Facility and Vessel Security Officer for Hornblower San Diego.


Hornblower San Diego Captain Richard Goben Honored with Maritime Person of the Year

Captain Rich Goben

Captain Rich Goben honored as Maritime Person of the Year by the International Propeller Club

The International Propeller Club honors Captain Goben in recognition for his service to the maritime industry

San Diego, California (November 18, 2013) –  Hornblower San Diego Captain Richard Goben received an international maritime award at the 87th Annual Convention and Maritime Industry Conference in Arlington, Virginia in October.

International Propeller Club of the United States honored Captain Goben as the 2013 Maritime Person of the Year. The Propeller Club was formed in 1927 in order to support shipping and the maritime industry. Goben was given this 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 serves on the board of the San Diego Port of the Propeller Club. Goben 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 Richard at the helm.

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. Captain Richard is also a past recipient of Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International Gold Key Award.