One of the many prestigious designations that can be bestowed upon an individual in the maritime world is that of “Plankowner.” In nautical terms, a Plankowner is any individual who served as a member of the original crew comprised to build and commission a new vessel. The origin of the phrase denotes that this individual was around when the ship was being constructed, and up to the date of that unit being fully commissioned and placed into service. As a member of the original crew, an individual earns the title, “Plankowner.”
Perhaps the most rewarding part of any worthwhile project, is that moment when an early vision actually begins to take shape through the work of a dedicated team. Mission statements and vision concepts are critical in developing the necessary enthusiasm, but the success of any endeavor ultimately comes down to the hard work and performance of the people committed to achieving success. This is what is happening now at the National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. as we move All Ahead Full toward building the first and only museum dedicated solely to the history, sacrifices, and aspirations of the men and women of United States Coast Guard.