Following his retirement from the navy, the late William B. Hayler spent nearly two decades teaching seamanship, navigation, shiphandling, and rules of the road at the California Maritime Academy.
A graduate of the California Maritime Academy, John M. Keever lost little time in raising his license from third mate to master. He has been on the faculty at the academy since 1972 with official absences to acquire seatime. In 1980 he received his master of arts from Golden Gate University. He is a commander in the Merchant Marine Reserve of the U.S. Navy and is master of the training ship Golden Bear. An enthusiastic sailor, he sailed his own 35-foot ketch to Honolulu in 1973.
The late Paul M. Seiler retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as a chief warrant boatswain. He began his service career in the U.S. Army but soon found the sea to be more to his liking. During World War II he worked as a longshoreman, and then saw service aboard the Coast Guard attack transport Hunter Liggett in the Pacific and on the Etamin, a liberty ship. After the war he spent eight years at the Coast Guard Academy as chief boatswain of the Eagle, the 295-foot barque which makes the annual training cruises for Coast Guard midshipmen. His last active duty in the Coast Guard was as skipper of the buoy tender Columbine in San Francisco Bay. Joining the faculty of the California Maritime Academy in 1967, he was boatswain of the Golden Bear as well as instructor in seamanship.