James P. Delgado, PhD, FRGS, RPA, has a long list of accomplishments. Wearing his many hats as historian, curator, land and sea archaeologist, scientist, researcher, deep-sea diver, television host, museum director, lecturer, author and storyteller, Delgado has built an incredible foundation of knowledge and experience in his field. Best known publicly as host and archaeologist for the international TV documentary series, The Sea Hunters, he has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world.
Delgado’s career spans four decades during which time he has achieved widespread recognition as a passionate, dedicated and pragmatic underwater archaeologist. His impressive list of projects includes RMSTitanic, Carpathia, Mary Celeste, USS Arizona, USS Somers, Sub Marine Explorer, the sunken atomic-bombed fleet at Bikini Atoll, and buried Gold Ships beneath downtown San Francisco.
His many public and professional service designations comprise Executive Council Member of the International Congress of Maritime Museums, President of the Council of Maritime Museums, and a member of the International Committee of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) International Committee on Underwater Cultural Heritage.
A prolific writer of over 33 books, numerous articles and book reviews, Delgado’s awards of recognition include the 2011 Deetz Award for Khubilai Khan’s Lost Fleet: In Search of a Legendary Armada, the 2006 City of Vancouver Book Prize for Best Book Published on the City of Vancouver, for Waterfront: The Illustrated Maritime Story of Greater Vancouver, the 2006 Bill Duthie Bookseller’s Choice Award for Best Book Published in British Columbia, for Waterfront: The Illustrated Maritime Story of Greater Vancouver, Naval History’s 2003 Author of the Year and the John Lyman Book Award for Across the Top of the World: The Quest for the Northwest Passage, an international best seller along with Lost Warships: An Archaeological Tour of War at Sea. His work has been published in Norwegian, Danish, French and Chinese.
Besides hosting The Sea Hunters from 2001-2006, Delgado has appeared in several TV documentaries and programs for PBS, ABC, FOX, A&E, Discovery Channel, History Channel, History Television, The Learning Channel, National Geographic and various local and regional networks and stations. A much sought-after speaker, Delgado has spoken at conferences and meetings throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Mexico, Australia, Turkey, Panama, and is in demand as a corporate speaker. He has also made appearances on numerous regional, national and international TV talk and news shows.
For 15 years, Delgado was Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vancouver, BC where he had the freedom to be hands-on, not just in the research and exhibits and programs, but also with projects. The project closest to his heart was the rescue and reconstruction of the historic oceanographic research submersible PX-15, Ben Franklin. He personally spearheaded the day-to-day reassembly of the submersible and spent months scraping paint, hoisting, hammering and bolting. Jim is the past President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and is currently Director of NOAA’s Maritime Heritage Program in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in the greater Washington, DC. area.