James L. Nelson portrait

Jim Nelson was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine and graduated from UCLA with a degree in motion picture/television production. Finding that despite being in Southern California, it was a damp, drizzly November in his soul, Jim took the cure Melville recommended and decided to sail about a little and see the watery part of…

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James P. Delgado photo

James (Jim) Delgado has 44 years of scientific expertise in marine archaeology and deep-sea exploration, in addition to 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…

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Award Recipient

Captain Arie L. Bleicher (1919–2017) Born in Vienna, Captain Arie L. Bleicher enrolled in the maritime school in Civitavecchia, Italy, in 1937. He served as a seaman in a British Royal Engineers Company in WWII; he was captured in North Africa and remained a prisoner of war until the war’s end. He obtained his master’s…

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In 2017, Dr. J. Phillip London was awarded the NHF Distinguished Service Award in association with the Naval Historical Foundation at the National Maritime Awards Dinner. We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal: Dr. J. Phillip London is the executive chairman of the international IT and consulting services company CACI. He…

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William H. White

Having finished 7 books on the War of 1812 and the Barbary Wars (6 historical fiction and 1 non-fiction), as well as 2 volumes of historical fiction about the British Royal Navy, I more or less hung up my pen for “formal writing” about four years ago. I have focused on providing interesting maritime news…

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William Thiesen

Dr. William Thiesen serves as Atlantic Area Historian for the United States Coast Guard. He earned an M.A. from East Carolina University’s Program in Maritime History and a Ph.D. from University of Delaware’s Hagley Program in the History of Technology. His books include Industrializing American Shipbuilding: The Transformation of Ship Design and Construction, 1820-1920 and…

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Capt. Walter Rybka

Since receiving the Rodney N. Houghton Award in 2012, I continued to work as the senior captain of the US Brig Niagara, sailing as relief captain up to five weeks per season, and also as the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission site administrator for the Erie Maritime Museum.  I stopped sailing in command after 2016, although still…

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Following the publication of my Sea History article in 2011, I continued as Ships Historian and a major Gifts Officer for the Charles W. Morgan project, giving presentations and soliciting support around the country through the summer of 2014 when the vessel successfully returned to Mystic. I was one of several interviewees for the documentary…

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