American Friends

The American Friends of the National Museum of the Royal Navy is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to introducing American audiences to the rich and relevant history of the Royal Navy and its relationship with the United States Navy. The organisation also works toward advancing the importance of naval and maritime history. The organisation also supports appropriate projects of the NMRN at Portsmouth and HMS Victory.

The American Friends of the National Museum of the Royal Navy has its antecedents in 2003 when a small group of enthusiasts of Lord Horatio Nelson, met to discuss how to commemorate, in 2005 the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. The result was the start of the New York City Pickle Night Dinner. Sponsorship of the dinner continues to be the signature event of the organization. Additionally, the organisation has supported several projects of the museum.

In 2008, the American Friends of the Royal Naval Museum was incorporated, and in 2013, the name was changed to match the new name that came with the consolidation in 2012 of the Royal Navy’s four museums and HMS Victory.

Projects Supported

  • Computers for the Children’s Learning Center  to support the program through which  25,000 (?) children participate each year
  • Restoration of the Nelson figurehead from HMS Trafalgar at Portsmouth
  • Restoration of a Bofors gun mount for the 20th Century gallery
  • With UK Friends, restoration of cannons from recently recovered HMS Victory V
  • Contributed toward acquisition of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson Life Mask
  • Support of HMS Victory Preservation 

Board of Trustees

  • Erik K. Olstein | President
  • Captain Sally McElwreath Callo, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Secretary/Treasurer
  • Rear Admiral Joseph Callo, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Trustee
  • Angela Plowden Wardlaw | Trustee
  • David W. Fleming | Trustee

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands