By Commodore Johnson Odakkal (Retd) PhD
MHS Website : www.mhsindia.org
An initiative that was given a “princely” sum of INR 1000/- by the then Commander-in-Chief of Western Naval Command, the amazing Vice Admiral RK Gandhi, with no hope of surviving a year, has crossed 43 years of relentless drive to showcase Indian Maritime Heritage. The Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar Winner and a Great Maritime Icon, Late Vice Admiral Manohar Prahlad Awati was the cause and concept of Maritime History Society. He found unmatched support in another founder trustee, Late Admiral Jayant G Nadkarni.
The academic rigour of MHS that is today at global scale of recognition was built frame by frame by Late Professor B Arunachalam with strong input and lead in 16 of the 22 outstanding books published by the society. Passionate maritime enthusiasts joined to support the cause. Prominent among them was Wing Commander (Dr) MS Naravane (father of present Army Chief) who captured his scooter ride across Konkan forts into two valuable tomes for MHS. A galaxy of academics and mariners have and continue to build this fine institution of prominence in maritime India.