Eight Bells: Elbert S. “Mack” Maloney

Published on January 13th, 2014

Elbert S. “Mack” Maloney crossed the bar last week at 94 years. Mack enjoyed a last good boating trip with his son in December, and on New Year’s Eve went to the hospital with a cold and complications, that ultimately led to his death. After retiring from the Marine Corps in 1964, he spent about a year-and-a-half cruising on his 48-foot Wheeler before (somewhat reluctantly) accepting a land-based job with Charles Chapman, and eventually taking over the writing of the book, Chapman Piloting and Seamanship, which is updated every three years, mostly to cover new regulations and technology. Mack also found time to produce the 13th and 14th editions of Dutton’s Navigation and Piloting (now in its 15th edition), Chapman Boater’s Handbook and nautical guides, and a host of magazine columns and articles. The family does not expect to have a service. Condolences can be sent to 1431 S. Ocean Blvd, #73, Pompano Beach, FL 33062-7339.

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