James P. Delgado, PhD, FRGS, RPA, has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world. His undersea explorations include RMS Titanic, the recent 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, and the 1846 wreck of the United States naval brig Somers, whose tragic story inspired Herman Melville's Billy Budd.
His archaeological work has also included the excavation of ships and collapsed buildings along the now-buried waterfront of Gold Rush San Francisco. 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 (offices in Texas and Bodrum, Turkey). Previously, he was the head of the U.S. government's maritime preservation program and was the maritime historian for the U.S. National Park Service. Dr. Delgado co-hosted The Sea Hunters along with best-selling author Clive Cussler, from 2001 to 2006. Other television credits include specials for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, A&E, the History Channel, and ABC. His active participation in the study and preservation of shipwreck sites and maritime heritage has included a founding membership in the International Commission on Monuments and Site (ICOMOS) committee on underwater cultural heritage and the presidency of the Council of American Maritime Museums.
He also enjoys a more hands-on approach to preservation, and most 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 and most famously employed on a historic 30-day drift mission along the eastern seaboard of the United States in 1969. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Explorers Club, Dr. Delgado is the author or editor of 29 books and numerous articles, most recently Waterfront: An Illustrated Maritime Story of Greater Vancouver and Adventures of a Sea Hunter: In Search of Famous Shipwrecks.James P. Delgado, author of Lost Warships, has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world, including dives to the sunken Titanic, and the discovery of several famous ships, including the notorious Mary Celeste. Regularly appearing on documentaries on the Discovery and History Channels, his is also the host of National Geographic Television's new series, The Sea Hunters: True Adventures with Famous Shipwrecks. The executive director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Delgado has authored more than twenty books.//-->