CSU Maritime Academy 

Alumni Association

2004 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Aschemeyer

Born in Baltimore, Maryland on August 12th, 1941; second of three children to Fritz and Hilda Aschemeyer.  His father was a German immigrant, and his mother was a first generation German-American.  No wonder his full name is “Manfred Horst Kenneth Aschemeyer”!  Can’t get much more “German” than that!  Indeed, he was raised on German food, German music, German culture, and German language at every step.Cap’n Manny was reared in the little town of Glen Burnie, located halfway between Baltimore and Annapolis.  He graduated Glen Burnie High School in 1959 and went on to the Columbian Service Academy Preparatory College in Washington DC for a year before entering the California Maritime Academy in 1960. He graduated from CMA with honors in 1963, with a B.S. Degree in Nautical Sciences and Maritime Transportation, a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer’s Commission, and a federal license to sail as Third Mate.  Cap’n Manny went to sea as a licensed merchant marine officer for several years thereafter, rising from Third Mate to Master (Captain) in five years.  He had just turned 28 when he got his Captain’s license.  Meantime, while sailing on ships making the intercostal run between the east and west coasts (passing through the Panama Canal every 45 days or so), he met his soul mate and future wife – Floy Ann.  They courted “long distance” for about two years, when he decided to “swallow the anchor” (meaning to come ashore permanently), marry his Floy Ann, and start a new life together.  They were married in 1969 (December 20th will mark their 45th year together), and Manny soon thereafter adopted Floy Ann’s three children she had from a previous marriage.  Their children have since blessed them with 10 grandchildren and 2

Cap’n Manny was reared in the little town of Glen Burnie, located halfway between Baltimore and Annapolis.  He graduated Glen Burnie High School in 1959 and went on to the Columbian Service Academy Preparatory College in Washington DC for a year before entering the California Maritime Academy in 1960. He graduated from CMA with honors in 1963, with a B.S. Degree in Nautical Sciences and Maritime Transportation, a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer’s Commission, and a federal license to sail as Third Mate.  

Cap’n Manny went to sea as a licensed merchant marine officer for several years thereafter, rising from Third Mate to Master (Captain) in five years.  He had just turned 28 when he got his Captain’s license.  Meantime, while sailing on ships making the intercostal run between the east and west coasts (passing through the Panama Canal every 45 days or so), he met his soul mate and future wife – Floy Ann.  They courted “long distance” for about two years, when he decided to “swallow the anchor” (meaning to come ashore permanently), marry his Floy Ann, and start a new life together.  They were married in 1969 (December 20th will mark their 45th year together), and Manny soon thereafter adopted Floy Ann’s three children she had from a previous marriage.  Their children have since blessed them with 10 grandchildren and 2

Cap’n Manny was reared in the little town of Glen Burnie, located halfway between Baltimore and Annapolis.  He graduated Glen Burnie High School in 1959 and went on to the Columbian Service Academy Preparatory College in Washington DC for a year before entering the California Maritime Academy in 1960. He graduated from CMA with honors in 1963, with a B.S. Degree in Nautical Sciences and Maritime Transportation, a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer’s Commission, and a federal license to sail as Third Mate.  Cap’n Manny went to sea as a licensed merchant marine officer for several years thereafter, rising from Third Mate to Master (Captain) in five years.  He had just turned 28 when he got his Captain’s license.  Meantime, while sailing on ships making the intercostal run between the east and west coasts (passing through the Panama Canal every 45 days or so), he met his soul mate and future wife – Floy Ann.  They courted “long distance” for about two years, when he decided to “swallow the anchor” (meaning to come ashore permanently), marry his Floy Ann, and start a new life together.  They were married in 1969 (December 20th will mark their 45th year together), and Manny soon thereafter adopted Floy Ann’s three children she had from a previous marriage.  

Cap’n Manny went to sea as a licensed merchant marine officer for several years thereafter, rising from Third Mate to Master (Captain) in five years.  He had just turned 28 when he got his Captain’s license.  Meantime, while sailing on ships making the intercostal run between the east and west coasts (passing through the Panama Canal every 45 days or so), he met his soul mate and future wife – Floy Ann.  They courted “long distance” for about two years, when he decided to “swallow the anchor” (meaning to come ashore permanently), marry his Floy Ann, and start a new life together.  They were married in 1969 (December 20th will mark their 45th year together), and Manny soon thereafter adopted Floy Ann’s three children she had from a previous marriage.  Their children have since blessed them with 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren (and a 3rd due to arrive this summer!).  Cap’n Manny’s career ashore has been successful.  He’s served as Port Captain/Operations Manager, Freight Traffic Manager,  Fleet Manager, and District Director for several major steamship companies;  he’s been Vice President of sales, marketing and public affairs for one of the largest stevedoring and terminal operating contractors in America; and he retired in 2008 after 15 years of service as Executive Director at the Marine Exchange for Southern California  – where he was responsible for monitoring and facilitating all ship traffic that moves in and out of the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, Santa Monica Bay, Santa Catalina Island, and Oxnard Harbor (Port Hueneme).  And he established the first -- and only – private sector VTS in the USA.Cap’n Manny and Floy Ann have retired to their little “ranch” located in the remote & rural section of NE San Diego County (near Warner Springs), and are enjoying life there.  Cap’n Manny is far from idle, however, and has started up a new maritime consulting service – “Cap’n Manny & Associates”, and is actively serving in that capacity for several firms. 

Cap’n Manny’s career ashore has been successful.  He’s served as Port Captain/Operations Manager, Freight Traffic Manager,  Fleet Manager, and District Director for several major steamship companies;  he’s been Vice President of sales, marketing and public affairs for one of the largest stevedoring and terminal operating contractors in America; and he retired in 2008 after 15 years of service as Executive Director at the Marine Exchange for Southern California  – where he was responsible for monitoring and facilitating all ship traffic that moves in and out of the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, Santa Monica Bay, Santa Catalina Island, and Oxnard Harbor (Port Hueneme).  And he established the first -- and only – private sector VTS in the USA.Cap’n Manny and Floy Ann have retired to their little “ranch” located in the remote & rural section of NE San Diego County (near Warner Springs), and are enjoying life there.  Cap’n Manny is far from idle, however, and has started up a new maritime consulting service – “Cap’n Manny & Associates”, and is actively serving in that capacity for several firms. 

 

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Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education recently released findings that show Cal Maritime graduates have the highest average earnings of any California university ten years after enrollment and they have the seventh highest in the U.S.?

 

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education recently released findings that show Cal Maritime graduates have the highest average earnings of any California university ten years after enrollment and they have the seventh highest in the U.S.?
 

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