President and Nautical Archaeologist, Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University
President and Nautical Archaeologist
Institute of Nautical Archaeology
Vancouver, British Columbia
Dr. James Delgado has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions all over the world, including dives on the RMS Titanic, the Carpathia (the ship that rescued survivors of the Titanic) and the notorious “ghost ship” Mary Celeste. He has conducted surveys of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, the polar exploration ship Maud in the Arctic, and the 1846 wreck of the United States naval brig Somers, whose tragic story inspired Herman Melville’s Billy Budd. His archaeological work has included the excavation of ships and collapsed buildings along the now-buried waterfront of Gold Rush San Francisco and he recently led the crew that restored Ben Franklin (PX-15), a 130-ton oceanographic research submersible originally built in Switzerland for famed undersea explorer and scientist Jacques Piccard.
Dr. Delgado ended his 15-year career as Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vancouver, British Columbia in June 2006 and in July, took up a new position as Executive Director of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology <http://www.inadiscover.com>. As of April 2008, he moved into the role of President. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Explorers Club, Dr. Delgado is the author or editor of over 30 books and numerous articles, including two international best-sellers. He also co-hosted The Sea Hunters along with best-selling author Clive Cussler, from 2001 to 2006.
What keeps me fired up with a passion for the past are the connections I make with everyday people whose lives have been irrevocably changed by their interactions with the sea, including some of history’s greatest disasters. No matter how many times I dive, how many shipwrecks I see and touch, the awe, the excitement and the thrill of discovery are always there.