GulfQuest is a non-profit organization governed by community and state leaders who represent backgrounds and disciplines in maritime business and industry, banking, law, education, military service, accounting, engineering, communications, real estate, non-profit management, and public utilities.
The following individuals currently serve on the Maritime Museum's Board of Trustees:
President: Page & Jones, Inc.
Agent: White-Spunner Realty; Trustee: University of Alabama
President: Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. (retired)
CEO: Van's Photo, Inc. (retired)
Partner: Hand Arendall LLC
Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer: Seabulk Towing (retired)
President: Bullard Automotive, Inc.
Chairman and CEO: Cooper/T. Smith Corporation
Director Emeritus: Mobile Airport Authority
General Counsel: Mobile Gas Service Corporation
Partner: Smith, Dukes & Buckalew, L.L.P.
CEO: Baldwin Transfer Co., Inc.
President: Waterways Towing/Hooks Marine Terminal
President: International Shipholding Corporation.
Director and CEO: Alabama State Port Authority
CEO, Chairman and President: Signal International, Inc.
Senior Vice President: Martin Energy Services, LLC
Counsel: BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards
CEO: Autism Avenue, Inc.
It was once customary for the mate to profit from selling the "slush" - fat or grease obtained from boiling salted meat for meals. Sometimes sailors shared these profits, which were placed in a "slush fund" to buy a few luxuries.