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“My life has been defined by a quest to learn about the past
and to share what I have learned with others.”


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Dr. James Delgado Joins SEARCH as Senior Vice President

The quest to learn about the past continues in a new role After a seven-year long tenure at NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries as Director of Maritime Heritage, in Maryland, Jim has taken up a position [...]

  • Photo of Japanese WWII midget submarine filmed Dec 7, 2016

Haunting photos of Japanese mini-submarine sunk during Pearl Harbor attack

Haunting photos of Japanese mini-submarine sunk during Pearl Harbor attack From the website: FoxNews.com by Rob Verger The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released photographs of a Japanese mini-submarine that was sunk at the very beginning [...]

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Watch Live: Searching for Japanese Midget Submarine in Pearl Harbor

As part of the December 2016 expedition aboard NOAA's ship Okeanos Explorer, a team of scientists will examine the Japanese midget submarine sunk prior to the aerial attack by the crew of USS Ward [...]

  • James Delgado and Michel L’Hour

James Delgado and Michel L’Hour: underwater cultural heritage needs more protection

James Delgado and Michel L’Hour James Delgado and Michel L’Hour: underwater cultural heritage needs more protection From the UNESCO website: https://en.unesco.org The two renowned archaeologists will speak at the UNESCO conference in Paris, Sept. [...]

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About James Delgado

Underwater Explorer

As an archaeologist, Jim has worked on both land and sea, on sites thousands of years old and sites as recent as the beginning stages of the Cold War.
As a maritime archaeologist who works around the globe, Jim has spent decades in the fascinating world of underwater exploration. During this time, he has been privileged to host the popular television show The Sea Hunters for five years, was Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum for 15 years, and was Executive Director and then President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) from 2006-2010, before beginning his tenure as Director of the Maritime Heritage Program for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Besides his new and continuing commitments, Jim is actively involved in promoting the cause of maritime preservation. He is always ready to continue to share and remains ready to speak and make presentations worldwide, while he also continues to write books and articles related to the power of archaeology to connect us to the past, and to the need to preserve and protect the oceans and historic sites in it.
Jim is the author, co-author or editor of over 32 books as well as numerous articles and archaeological reports covering a wide range of subjects related to the histories of shipwrecks. In his newest book, Silent Killers: Submarines and Underwater Warfare, he recreates the story of the sub from the bottom up–that is, through eerie photographs of subs at the bottom of the sea. The book explores all of the submarine’s triumphs and tragedies, successes and failures in this fascinating and compelling illustrated history. Browse selected titles.

James (Jim) Delgado brings four decades of scientific expertise in marine archaeology and deep-sea exploration, and a solid background in history, museums, and outreach through media, film, and publications. He is a scholar and a world-recognized interpreter whose work has reached hundreds of millions of viewers around the world, especially through his six seasons of work as host of a National Geographic International Television series. Jim’s work enhances the work of NOAA’s Sanctuaries through public appreciation of special ocean places while also working to better understand and protect the resources found in each sanctuary and in the nation’s waters.

Jim has extensive experience implementing projects around the world, often through public/private

partnerships. He served as the founding director of the National Park Service’s maritime preservation program during a 13-year career with the NPS. Many of the U.S. Government’s standards for maritime resources were developed by him or under his direction during those years. He left the government to serve, for 15 years, as the Executive Director of the Vancouver (Canada) Maritime Museum, and concurrently as a TV host for Discovery, the History Channel, A&E and National Geographic. After leaving the museum, he became President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of Nautical Archaeology, the world’s leading institute for the excavation and study of some of the world’s most significant shipwrecks for nearly five years before joining NOAA as Director of Maritime Heritage in NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Jim holds a Ph.D. in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University, has a M.A. in Maritime Studies from East Carolina University, and he earned his B.A. in History from San Francisco State University. He has published actively in leading archaeology and history journals and has written or edited more than 32 books on archaeology and history, most recently Misadventures of a Civil War Submarine: Iron, Guns, and Pearls, Silent Killers: Submarines and Underwater Warfare, Nuclear Dawn: The Atomic Bomb from the Manhattan Project to the Cold War (winner of the 2011 Choice Award, Khubilai Khan’s Lost Fleet: In Search a Legendary Armada (winner of the 2011 Deetz Award), and Gold Rush Port: The Maritime Archaeology of San Francisco’s Waterfront. Other books include Waterfront: An Illustrated Maritime Story 

of Greater Vancouver, Adventures of a Sea Hunter: In Search of Famous Shipwrecks, the Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology, Ghost Fleet: The Sunken Ships of Bikini Atoll, Pearl Harbor Recalled: New Images from the Day of Infamy, Great American Ships, To California by Sea: A Maritime History of the Gold Rush, and three books for children; Wrecks of American Warships, Native American Shipwrecks, and Shipwrecks of the Westward Movement.

Jim is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Canadian Geographical Society, and the Explorers’ Club, and most recently was made an Officer of the Order of Civil Merit by His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain.