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"The Great Museum of the Sea" Lecture by James P. Delgado

Delgado has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world. His undersea explorations include RMS Titanic, the discoveries of Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic’s survivors, and the notorious “ghost ship” Mary Celeste, as well as surveys of USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, the sunken fleet of atomic-bombed warships at Bikini Atoll, the polar exploration ship Maud, wrecked in the Arctic, the 1846 wreck of the United States naval brig Somers, whose tragic story inspired Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, and Sub Marine Explorer, a civil war-era find and the world’s oldest known deep-diving submarine. His archaeological work has also included the excavation of ships and collapsed buildings along the now-buried waterfront of Gold Rush San Francisco. He is currently Director of Maritime Heritage, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries at the national Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is a past President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, and is Adjunct Professor of Archaeology with Simon Fraser University. He was previously the Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in British Columbia, and the head Maritime Historian of the U.S. National Park Service. Delgado has published over 32 books and was the host of the National Geographic TV series The Sea Hunters

The oceans, lakes and rivers of the world are the greatest museum of humanity’s interaction with the sea–as well as our global expansion and a record of our interactions with each other through immigration, exploration, commerce and war.  In an engaging, detailed and yet quick tour, Dr. Delgado explores some of history’s most famous and significant shipwrecks from antiquity through the modern age, with an emphasis on wrecks in and around North America, such as the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, or the RMS Titanic. 

Location

Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall

Event Type

Lecture

Contact

Veltri, Lee A
leveltri@davidson.edu