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Preserving Our Past: Discovering America's Maritime Heritage

Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series

Maritime archeologist, explorer and author Dr. James P. Delgado has led and participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world. His first two years with NOAA, where he serves as director of maritime heritage in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, were spent exploring the sunken Titanic; and his other undersea expeditions include the Carpathia—the ship that rescued Titanic’s survivors—and the notorious “ghost ship” Mary Celeste.

Dr. Delgado has surveyed the wreckage of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor; the sunken fleet of atomic-bombed warships at Bikini Atoll; the 1846 wreck of the U.S. naval brig Somers, whose story inspired Herman Melville’s “Billy Budd”; and Sub Marine Explorer, the world’s oldest deep-diving submarine.

Dr. Delgado was the president and CEO of Texas A&M’s Institute of Nautical Archaeology for nearly five years, and was the executive director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum for 15 years. Before that, he led the U.S. government’s maritime preservation program and was the U.S. National Park Service’s maritime historian.

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