Robert (Flash) Westmoreland and Damen Madaris of C&B Marine

Flash and Damen might be a little older than usual to be studying for their steersman licenses—they’ve both taken unusual roads to the maritime workforce—but they’re now on their way to becoming towboat captains. They each received the Capt. Hugh Mulzac Scholarship, named for the first African American mariner to command a U.S.-flagged merchant ship, which has allowed them to study at the Inland Waterways Academy. Chaplain Kempton Baldridge chats with them about what it’s taken to get to this point and what such an opportunity means for them, professionally and personally. (To hear Karen's story, click here.)