Commanding Officer, Training Ship Golden Bear
Director of Marine Programs and Leadership Development
Captain Harry Bolton
Captain Harry Bolton is an Unlimited Master Mariner, with over 36 years of maritime experience. Twenty-five years in command, maintaining a solid record of success in providing endless technical, operational, and logistic support in every corner of the world. He is a First Class Pilot, served as an expert witness, and has consulted for several Maritime companies, the Marine Corps, and the U.S. Navy on many issues including new equipment design and implementation. He designed and developed the English speaking curriculum at the Maritime Academy of Asia and Pacific located in the Philippines. He has spent a lifetime demonstrating the essence of command, leadership, team building and innovative solutions, receiving many awards for his achievements.
In 2000, Captain Bolton joined Maritime Consultants of the Pacific, which later became The Maritime Group, as Senior Partner. Projects included an Intermodal Distribution Center in Mexico, the MV COSCO BUSAN allusion, salvage, oil spill mitigation and insurance claims, and many litigation cases as an expert witness.
Awards include two Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medals, US Navy Meritorious Civil Service Award, FEMA Outstanding Public Service Award, Institute Of Merchant Shipping Ship Safety Award, Guam Governors Meritorious Service Award, and General Dynamics Outstanding Employee Award. His professional affiliations include the Council of American Master Mariners, The Nautical Institute and The Boston Marine Society. He is a graduate of the California Maritime Academy.
On May 1st 2008, Captain Bolton accepted the position of Commanding Officer of the Training Ship Golden Bear, Director of Marine Programs and Leadership Development at the California Maritime Academy. Prior to joining CMA, he spent 20 years with General Dynamics/American Overseas Marine, sailing as Master of the MV 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez, which is one of the original Maritime Preposition Ships home ported in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. His duties included supporting the U.S. Military during numerous exercises, humanitarian assistance, the Persian Gulf War and Iraqi Freedom.