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Sunset Salute for Captain Joseph J.W. Klenczar '79

On January 30, 2017, Texas A&M University at Galveston and the Texas A&M Maritime Academy received news of the passing of Captain Joseph J.W. Klenczar, who served as the Master of the Training Ship GENERAL RUDDER. He passed away as a result of complications from surgery.

CAPT Klenczar was a 1979 graduate of Texas A&M University at Galveston with a degree in Marine Sciences.  He joined the International Organization of Masters Mates and Pilots immediately after graduation and sailed in all deck licensed positions including several years as Master of container and RORO (roll-on/roll-off) vessels. He served as Master of vessels on voyages to the Persian Gulf in support of US Armed Forces during Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He returned to the Texas A&M University Maritime Academy in 2013 as Chief Mate and then Master of the GENERAL RUDDER.

“Joe was my dear friend and I will miss him,” said Capt. Scott Putty, Associate Professor of the Practice of Marine Transportation at Texas A&M Galveston.  Capt. Putty added, “Joe was a kind soul with an incredible work ethic and attention to detail.  He was an excellent role model for the Cadets.”

Dr. Douglas Palmer, Interim Chief Operations Officer for Texas A&M University at Galveston shared, “Scores of Cadets will remember and benefit from the leadership of Captain Klenczar. His knowledge and mastery of maritime skills have been passed on to our Cadets. In that, Joe will live on in the Cadets he trained and led so well.”

To honor Capt. Klenczar, the Corps of Cadets conducted a sunset salute at the dock of the Training Ship GENERAL RUDDER at approximately 5:45pm on Monday, February 6.  Captain Michael Rodrguez (Superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy) was not able to attend the ceremony, but provided written remarks to the Corps Commander (Cadet Captain Cole Manders) to share with all in attendance.

Captain Rodriguez wrote, "Captain Klenczar...lived our core values.  His command of GENERAL RUDDER and his dedication to the Academy were an example to us all of selfless service.  He respected his vessel, his crew, and our profession. Mariners make their contributions to our society away from the spotlight, out of sight, standing their watches late into the night while the rest of the world sleeps.  When our watch is done and we have turned over with our relief, we rest.  So, this evening as the sun sets we say rest well, Captain.  Your watch is over.  You are relieved."

Following the Superintendent's remarks and the Mariner's Prayer, the Corps rendered a salute lasting one minute and thirty (30) seconds, which translated to January 30--Captain Klenczar's end of watch date.

 Sunset Salute Photo


  • 14 February - CAMMI Texas & TAMUG Student Chapter Meeting

    • When: Tuesday, 14 February (1130-1330)

    • Where: Banquet Room (next to Captain's Landing)

    • Speaker: Captain Dan Askins, Visiting Assistant Professor (Marine Transportation, TAMUG)

    • Topic: "Maritime matters and the way forward"

The Council of American Master Mariners (CAMM) is a nationwide professional organization of active and retired ship masters and pilots in the American Merchant Marine. Established in 1936, the Council is independent of any union, school or company. We are dedicated to advancing maritime and nautical science by fostering the exchange of maritime information and experience, promoting advances in nautical education and training standards, and the publication of professional literature.

To learn why CAMM is necessary in the industry or to learn what CAMM can do for its members, please visit

For details about our Texas Chapter & the TAMUG student chapter (a+ work in progress), please contact Captain Michael J. McCright, MNI (87), BSc., at

  • 29 April - 2017 Corps Awards Ceremony & Change of Command/Final Review

    • The 2017 Corps Awards Ceremony and Change of Command/Final Review is scheduled for Saturday, 29 April 2017.

      • General Schedule:

        • 10:00am-12:00pm: Corps Awards Ceremony (Location:  Bldg. 3018 - PE Facility)

          • From 12:00pm-1:30pm, Cadets will be permitted to be in appropriate civilian attire

        • 2:00pm-3:30pm:  Change of Command Ceremony and Pass in Review (Location:  TBA)

          • First Call (First notification to prepapre to assemble): 1:35pm

          • Second Call (Final notificaiton to prepare to assemble): 1:45pm

          • Formation: 1:50pm

          • Adjutant's Call: 1:55pm

          • Change of Command Ceremony Begins: 2:00pm

  • 20-26 August - 2017 O-Week

    • 2017 O-Week is scheduled for Sunday, 20 August through Saturday, 26 August. Click here for more information.