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, Dr. 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 RMS Titanic, Carpathia, Mary Celeste, USS Arizona, USS Somers, Sub Marine Explorer, the sunken atomic-bombed fleet at Bikini Atoll, buried Gold Ships beneath downtown San Francisco, and much more.
Author of over 30 books, Delgado is known as one of the leading experts in world maritime history. His works include Khubilai Khan’s Lost Fleet: In Search of a Legendary Armada, Adventures of a Sea Hunter: In Search of Famous Shipwrecks, and the international best sellers, Lost Warships: An Archaeological Tour of War at Sea, and Across the Top of the World: The Quest for the Northwest Passage.
Delgado was the Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum for 15 years. In 2006, he became the Executive Director of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) and moved into the role of President in April, 2008. He is a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society, London and of The Explorer’s Club, New York.