Wednesday, March 22, 2006

 

Maritime museum's high-profile oceanographer sets sail for new post

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Globe and Mail
By Oliver Moore
March 21, 2006


A high-profile ocean researcher who helped find a series of famous shipwrecks is set to end his 15-year tenure as head of the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

Jim Delgado said yesterday that he "could not turn down" the chance to join the U.S.-based Institute of Nautical Archaeology as executive director. He will take the new post June 30, having delayed his departure to help his old employer find a suitable replacement.

Last night he described the new position as a dream come true that allows him to return to his roots as an underwater archeologist. "When you get an offer like this, how can you say no?"

The new role will allow Dr. Delgado to remain a British Columbia resident, but will require extensive travel. He may have to give up some of his many commitments, which have included writing a newspaper column and helping as host of a now-finished television show called The Sea Hunters.

Dr. Delgado said he would remember fondly "the scholars who slowly exhale in wonder . . . the tourists who gain a better sense of how and why this community is linked to the sea."

The researcher has played a role in the discovery and exploration of historically important ships such as the Titanic, the Mary Celeste and the Somers, whose story inspired Herman Melville's Billy Budd.

Dr. Delgado is the author of nearly 30 books. Lost Warships: An Archaeological Tour of War at Sea and Across the Top of the World: The Quest for the Northwest Passage became international bestsellers.

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