Capt. Ritch dropped anchor in nearly every harbor on the globe and he had the ship logs to prove it.
He was commended by the U.S. Navy for helping to save a naval ship that was damaged by Kamikaze pilots, and he was once featured in National Geographic magazine.
Capt. Ritch was also honored in a popular local hit song “The Old Sea Captain,” which was recorded by Andy Martin.
He claimed the first word he ever said was “women” and he had them waiting for him in every port. Capt. Ritch passed away in 1992.
This photograph is from the book ‘The People Time Forgot’ by George Nowak, available at the National Museum. All proceeds from the sales of the book go toward museum projects.