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Shipwrecks and Marine Technology in NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries

Presenter: John D. Broadwater, Ph.D., Chief Archaeologist, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


John Broadwater is Chief Archaeologist of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). During 2005-2007, he was Program Manager for NOAA’s Maritime Heritage Program. From 1992-2005 he was Manager of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, during which time he directed seven major expeditions to the remains of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, which lies at a depth of 235 feet, 16 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. During July-August, 2002, Dr. Broadwater was NOAA Chief Scientist for a NOAA/U.S. Navy expedition that recovered the Monitor’s 120-ton gun turret.  

During 1978-90, as Virginia's first State Underwater Archaeologist, he directed a study of shipwrecks from the 1781 Battle of Yorktown (Virginia) and also developed a statewide underwater archaeology program.  He has participated in numerous national and international underwater archaeological expeditions, including deepwater archaeology expeditions in the aircraft pilot.  In September 2001, he descended to a depth of 12,600 feet in the Mir 2 submersible to the wreck of the RMS Titanic.

He has served as a member of the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology and other advisory boards, and is a Fellow in The Explorers Club. He has published a variety of technical and popular articles, including "Secrets of a Yorktown Shipwreck" in the June 1988 issue of National Geographic Magazine, and contributed to numerous archaeological books and encyclopedias.  He has a master’s degree in American Studies from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in Maritime Studies from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

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Large audience shows up for inaugural lecture

May 20 - Deepwater Shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico - Sponsored by Marine Technology Society Houston Museum of Natural Science

Around 120 people attended the inaugural lecture in the new Marine Archaeology Professional Committee's Lecture Series, which focused on Deepwater Shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico C & C Technologies' Senior Marine Archaeologist Robert Church discussed the latest technologies and processes used to find shipwrecks in deepwater, with Dan Warren, marine archaeologist and Houston assistant geoscience manager at C &C Technologies also on hand to answer questions

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