Campus: California Maritime Academy -- March 17, 2004
The Cal Maritime "Keelhauler" Turns 30
Makeover marks the milestone
The athletic department of The California Maritime Academy, a campus
of The California State University, is celebrating a major milestone
this year — its Keelhauler mascot is celebrating its 30th birthday.
To mark the occasion, interim athletic director Pat Hollister and members
of the Cal Maritime’s athletic department today unveiled a new
Keelhauler mascot to the students immediately following morning formation.
Originally voted in by the students, Cal Maritime’s Keelhauler
has been the official mascot of the academy’s athletic department
since 1974. To mark its 30th birthday, the campus athletic committee,
which consists of students, faculty, and staff, worked with a professional
designer to give the logo a new look.
After being unanimously selected by the athletic committee, it was officially
declared the athletic department’s new logo by President Bill
Eisenhardt. The new Keelhauler will appear on everything from team jackets
and warm-ups to gym banners and decals.
“An athletic mascot plays an important role in terms of campus
pride on many campuses, and our campus is no exception,” said
Pat Hollister, interim athletic director at Cal Maritime. “We
have one of the most unique mascots in the nation, and we take pride
in that. The athletic department is very pleased with the revamped Keelhauler
logo and we look forward to displaying it proudly on team uniforms,
athletic gear, and in our gymnasium.”
What is a Keelhauler?
Keelhauling was a form of corporal punishment that was formerly practiced
as a punishment in the Dutch and English navies. It was used as a way
to punish members of the crew who were found guilty of a serious breach
of the ship’s code of conduct. Keelhauling involved tying the
hands of a crewmember to a rope, throwing him overboard and dragging
him under the keel of the ship up to the other side. While the Keelhauler
lives on at Cal Maritime, the practice of Keelhauling was formally abolished
As one might imagine, Cal Maritime’s Keelhauler is one of the
most unique mascots in intercollegiate athletics. In fact, in years
past, it has earned the distinction among national and regional media
outlets as being one of the top 25 nicknames in intercollegiate athletics.
Contact: Jennifer Whitty,707-654-1720