Alan McNaughton of Sandwich, who had a long maritime career, died at home on July 17. He was 91.

He was the husband of Ann L. McNaughton.

Born in Boston, he was the son of Robert D. McNaughton and Isabel (Harris) McNaughton. He grew up in Winthrop, graduating in 1946 from Winthrop High School.

Mr. McNaughton graduated with honors from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1949, earning a bachelor of science degree in nautical science. During the next five years he worked for United States Lines Co. aboard cargo vessels sailing to the Far East and Australia.

He went on active duty in the US Navy in 1954 as a first lieutenant aboard the attack transport USS Olmsted (APA 188) and served in that capacity until honorably discharged in 1956. He continued serving in the US Naval Reserve, attaining the rank of commander.

Mr. McNaughton earned his US Coast Guard unlimited master’s license for steam and motor vessels in 1956. That same year he was employed by the Boston Fuel Transportation Company aboard tanker vessels operating along the New England coast. During the next three years he obtained his First Class Marine Pilotage for the Coast of New England, from Maine to Rhode Island.

A decade after he had graduated from MMA, Mr. McNaughton returned to his alma mater as an instructor in the nautical science department; he would attain the academic rank of professor in marine transportation in 1978.

In 1968 Mr. McNaughton was appointed as captain of the academy’s training ship, Bay State, and served as master of future training vessels operated by the academy until September 1981, when he chose to return to academic instruction. He retired in 1990 after 31 years at Mass Maritime.

Between 1970 and 1973, Mr. McNaughton served as sea trial master for General Dynamics Shipbuilding Corp. of Quincy, aboard the company’s newly constructed Navy and commercial vessels on ocean trial runs off the New England coast.

Shoreside, he served as a commodore of the Hyannis Yacht Club during 1971 and 1972. He was a member of the Boston Marine Society, Massachusetts Maritime Academy Alumni Association, Hyannis Yacht Club, DeWitt Clinton Lodge, AF and AM and O.E.S. Chapter 221, Sandwich.

He served on the board of deacons and board of trustees for First Church of Christ, Sandwich.

He was an independent marine surveyor, consultant and expert witness in marine investigations and marine casualty cases for the US Department of Justice and several admiralty law firms in the New England area. He was commissioned to the rank of Captain, United States Maritime Service in 1972; Rotary International Award in 1972 and Propeller Club, Port of Boston, Tall-Ship’s Masters Award in 1976.

During his retirement, he enjoyed playing golf at Holly Ridge Golf Club in Sandwich and at Gulf Gate Golf Club in Sarasota, Florida.

In addition to his wife, he leaves three daughters, Cynthia Rausch of Hyannis, Allison McNaughton of Centerville and Amber Weaver of Marstons Mills; and three grandsons, Sean Rausch, Timothy Rausch and Mark McNaughton.

He was preceded in death by his older brother, Drummond McNaughton, in 2002.

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