Road Harbour Shipwreck Project, University of Bristol, 5-19 June, 2010

The Centre for Historical and Maritime Archaeology at the University of Bristol will be offering a 2-week field project on research methods in underwater archaeology at Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Since first sited by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the Virgin Islands have been a refuge for naval ships and merchant shipping. Many of its natural harbours were safe havens for European vessels. Interestingly, these so-called safe havens have revealed dozens of shipwrecks, offering a uniquely confined archaeological study. 

The project begins with practical training sessions in maritime archaeology.  Participants will be introduced to position fixing, survey and recording methods, as well as excavation technique.  We will then spend 10 days on SCUBA, exposing and recording a previously unknown 18th century shipwreck. Additional lectures will detail both the historical and archaeological research methods used on field projects. 

Optional fieldtrips will allow students to visit Tortola’s historic maritime fortifications, explore the various islands by tall ship, and examine the remains of RMS Rhone, a steamer that wrecked in 1867.  The sites are located in shallow, sheltered water, with visibility ranging between one and five meters.  We will require advanced dive certification for participation (PADI Advanced/BSAC Sport Diver/ CMAS 2 star) with a minimum 25 logged dives, diving and travel insurance and a current diving medical.

Total Cost: £ 1200.00 per two week session (Includes accommodation at an oceanfront resort with evening meal, tuition, diving).                                       

Deadline for Applications is 23 April 2010

For further information regarding this opportunity, please contact:
Kimberly Monk
Department of Archaeology & Anthropology
University of Bristol
43 Woodland Road
Bristol, United Kingdom, BS8 1UU
phone: +44 (0) 779 295 0760


15 January 2010

1) Norfolk Coastal Heritage Project Officer, Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, closes 4 February

2) Exhibition Designers (2 posts), Australian National Maritime Museum, closes 18 January

3) Battleship Missouri Memorial History Conference
Date: 27-29 August 2010
Place: Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Theme: Lessons of War and Peace
Coordinator: Dan Parsons, Education Director, Missouri Memorial Association,
Web Site:
Call for Papers: The Missouri Memorial Association is delighted to announce a call for papers for the first history conference hosted by the Missouri Memorial Association on August 28-29, 2010. The conference theme is “Lessons of War and Peace,” and will focus mainly on World War II and the war in the Pacific, although we will readily consider proposals for panels or individual papers on conflicts in other regions and eras. Panel proposals must include a panel title, contact information for all panelists, a brief description of the purpose and theme of the panel, one-paragraph abstracts of each of the three papers, a brief biography for all panelists, including any panel chair/commentator. Proposals for individual papers are welcome and should include a one-paragraph abstract, brief biography and contact information. The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2010. Proposals may be submitted electronically to the conference coordinator, Dan Parsons ( or by regular mail to Missouri Memorial Association Education Director, 63 Cowpens St. Honolulu, HI 96818. The program committee will acknowledge receipt of your proposal within two weeks of its submission. If you fail to receive such notice, please contact the conference coordinator.

Education Coordinator, USS Slater

Education Coordinator Albany, New York
Applications Contact person: Timothy Rizzuto
Application due date: 2010/01/29
Web Address:

USS Slater seeks an enthusiastic, creative, self-motivated educator or historian to be responsible for development, scheduling, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs held at the ship and off-site; and, for recruitment, training, and professionalism of docents and seasonal staff. The Education Coordinator is a full-time, year-round position.

Minimum BA/BS. Excellent organizational, verbal, and computer skills. Ability to think and work independently and collaboratively and to communicate with diverse audiences. Superior writing skills required. Prior museum or attraction and supervisory experience preferred. Willingness to work nontraditional hours. Strong interest in World War II preferred.

The USS Slater is an historic naval ship owned and operated by the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum. She has been restored to her World War II configuration and is open to the public April through November for tours, overnight camping, ship reunions, and other activities. The ship is located on the Hudson River in Downtown Albany, New York. Please visit the website at for detailed information.
Send resume and cover letter with salary requirements, postmarked by January 29, 2010, to Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, PO Box 1926, Albany, NY 12201. Or email to

11 January 2010

1) English Heritage NMR Job vacancy: Data Team Modern Wrecks Project Officer

The English National Monuments Record (NMR) is seeking a committed team member with an understanding of Maritime archaeology/history to undertake a desk based recording project on post 1945 shipwrecks to bring the NMR’s maritime component in line with the terrestrial record. The appointment will be for 6 months and will be based at English Heritage’s National Monuments Record Centre in Swindon. The post has been funded by MEDIN (Marine Environmental Data Information Network). For full details including a job description and online application visit

Closing Date 24/01/10


2) HAER Maritime Documentation Internship, closes February 8

The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) are pleased to announce the HAER Maritime Documentation Internship. The internship permits a student of architecture, engineering, or history, interested in maritime preservation, to work as a summer intern on a HAER maritime documentation project in conjunction with the HABS/HAER/HALS Summer Program.

Research Asst. Historic Seascape Characterisation

Applications are invited for the position of Research Assistant, to prepare the Historic Seascape Characterisation (HSC) of the Irish Sea/North-West England study area…

This project will undertake, using the national method for Historic Seascape Characterisation (HSC), a GIS-based characterisation of the English sector of the Irish Sea and adjacent waters and coastal zones, as defined in the project brief. This project forms one ‘lot’ of a broader project which aims to undertake historic characterisation of the whole of England’s coasts, seas and adjacent UK Controlled Waters, creating a national HSC database to inform coastal and marine management and spatial planning.

Applicants should have a first degree, and preferably a postgraduate qualification in Archaeology or another relevant subject. They should have an excellent command of GIS (especially ArcGIS), an in-depth understanding of England’s historic landscape and a working knowledge of the of current planning context for historic and maritime landscapes. Expertise in maritime archaeology and/or history and the archaeology of north-west England will be an advantage.

Maritime Archaeologist/Anthropologist

Minerals Management Service, Anthropologist, closes Janaury 14

The Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Regional Office is responsible for administering the offshore oil and gas, marine minerals, and renewable energy pre-lease and post-lease programs of the Minerals Management Service (MMS) in the Pacific OCS Region’s area of jurisdiction wich comprises all Federal waters offshore California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.

Serves as the Pacific Region’s cultural anthropologist and archaeological resource management and protection expert, pursuant to applicable laws, and coordinates Regional activities.

Naval History and Heritage Command Position

Supervisory Program Manager, Naval History and Heritage Command, closes December 28.

Incumbent serves as the Museum System Program Manager for the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC). The incumbent reports to the Assistant Director of NHHC for Museums and Collections, and has oversight responsibility for all administration, planning, resource development and use, personnel, budgetary requirements and allocation, and activities of all Navy museums to ensure the successful accomplishment of their respective missions as part of the Navy history program.

2010 Society for Historical Archaeology Conference

The 2010 gathering of historical and underwater archaeologists is upon us. Fernandina Beach, Florida, January 6-10, 2010.

The yearly fee for viewing my website is buying me a beer at the SHA conference.  If you read this website, and I know who you are!, you owe me a beer.

Another great year for the website, Last posting of 2009. Have a Great Holiday!


20 December 2009

1) Three PhD Fellowships in Asian History, Heidelberg University

The Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows” at the Heidelberg University invites applications for three PhD fellowships for the cluster’s project “The Asian Sea: A Transnational Maritime History of the Age of Imperialism, 1850-1918”  The fellowship is supposed to start as early as 1 April 2010 but no later than October 2010. Fellowship funding, monthly 1000 EUR, is initially available until October 2012 with the possibility of extension to a full three year period. Closes January 31

2) Marine Geophysicists, EMU, Ltd., ncd

3) Official Fellowship and Special Lecturership Early-Modern Dutch History
University of Oxford – Faculty of History in association with Corpus Christi College
Candidates should normally have completed a doctorate and will have research interests in the history of the Netherlands, and/or its colonies in the period c.1400 – c.1800 (an interest in maritime contacts involving the Netherlands – commercial, military, cultural, ideological – could be an advantage).  closes 29 January.

4) Public Information Assistant, NC Maritime Museum, closes January 7

5) Deputy Director of Education for the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, ncd

Archaeological Research Scholar, Civil War Submarine H.L. Hunley

Archaeological Research Scholar, Civil War Submarine H.L Hunley

Archaeological Research Scholar, Civil War Submarine H.L. Hunley, Winter/Spring 2010, closes January 15, 2010.

 Pdf links:

11 December 2009

1) Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Internships, most close December 21

1, 2, and 3

2) Project Officer, Dundee Whaling History Project, Dundee City Council, closes December 18

Dundee City Council wishes to recruit an enthusiastic and committed individual to assist with the delivery of the Dundee Whaling History Project. Main tasks will include research and interpretation of whaling industry related material.

Executive Director, Minnesota Marine Art Museum

Executive Director

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum, located in Winona, Minnesota, is seeking an experienced, qualified candidate for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is directly responsible for managing an organization of committed staff and volunteers to accomplish the objectives of the Museum.  Responsibilities include business and operational planning, budgeting, marketing, fundraising and public relations.  In addition, direction and guidance is provided to the board and staff committees for exhibit and educational planning, strategic marketing and public relations, and development.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent leadership, managerial, planning and administrative skills as well as strong interpersonal, communication, negotiation and problem solving skills. Proven leadership and experience in board relations, management, marketing and fund raising are also required.  Previous experience in business or non-profit management is desirable.  Bachelors degree required.

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum houses a world class collection of marine art, notable impressionist and Hudson River school artwork, a renowned local folk art collection, and exciting traveling collections.  These collections are displayed in outstanding facilities in a community dedicated to growth in the arts.  The Museum may be visited at its website: <> .
Interested parties should send their resume, statement of interest, salary requirements and supporting materials to:

Rachelle Schultz, Chair, Board of Directors
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN 55987

Or email to:
Jon Swanson
Curator of Collections and Exhibits
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Dr.
Winona, MN 55987
(507) 474-6626 ext. 13

Archeologist, Biscayne National Park

Archeologist, Biscayne National Park, closes December 30

At the GS-11 (full performance level of the position) level the incumbent is responsible for all aspects of cultural resource program management including strategic and annual planning, preparing accomplishment reports, hiring and supervising interns and volunteers, formulating and implementing budgets, developing partnerships, and execution of all cultural resource management programs including but not limited to archeological sites, historic structures, ethnography, cultural landscapes, and museum collections. The incumbent serves as the Section 106 Coordinator, including preparing and reviewing Assessments of Effect documentation and cultural resource sections of environmental assessments in compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). The incumbent performs field work including documenting, assessing and monitoring terrestrial and submerged archaeological sites, historic structures, and cultural landscapes, as well as writing reports on their results and management recommendations. The incumbent is responsible for writing program summaries, setting goals, assessing damage, documenting and monitoring cultural resources, managing work plans and schedules, writing budget proposals, and contributing to park planning efforts. At the GS-9 level, duties are performed under close supervision and incumbent does not perform the full range of duties.

Applicants must be open water scuba dive-certified from an accredited national scuba diving organization. (Please provide photocopy of open water scuba certification).

AND Applicants must be able to operate a motorboat up to 35 feet in length in bay and open sea conditions. (Please describe your experience in your resume).

4 December 2009

1) 2010 Underwater Archaeology Field Season in the Med, Ecomuseum May 31-November 14, 2010

2) Marine Anthropologist, University of Washington, closes late Janaury 2010

3) E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship 2010

In an effort to enhance the public’s knowledge and understanding of the heritage of Nantucket, the Nantucket Historical Association offers an annual fellowship. The award encourages research in the collections of the NHA Research Library and is open to academics, graduate students, and independent scholars. Topics of research for recent scholars have included health aboard whaleships, women at sea, scrimshaw, samplers, local artists, Nantucket’s architectural heritage, Quakerism, the African-American and Cape Verdean communities, the Quaise Asylum, and abolitionism. The Fellow resides in the Thomas Macy House for up to a three-week period. Housing is available January – May and October – December 2010. NHA Visiting Research Scholars are expected to produce an article suitable for publication in the summer edition of Historic Nantucket, the NHA’s quarterly journal, and to deliver a public lecture on the subject of their research, as well as a presentation to NHA staff. Projects resulting in the publication of a book, article, conference paper, or other media, are looked upon favorably. Recipients of the award receive a stipend of $300 per week during the time in residence, for up to three weeks. Travel expenses are reimbursed for up to $600. Send a full description of the proposed project, a curriculum vitae, the names of three references, and an estimate of anticipated time and duration of stay. Send application packet to: Ben Simons, Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator and Editor of Historic Nantucket, Nantucket Historical Association, P.O. Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554-1016. Applications accepted throughout 2010.

29 November 2009

1) Exhibit Specialist (Graphics), The National Navy Museum, Naval History and Heritage Command, closes Dec 8. Alternate Link here.

2) Marine Geographer, US Department of State, closes December 15

3) Collections Assistant, The Antique Boat Museum, ncd

4) Shipwright, The Australian National Maritime Museum, closes December 4

5) Curator, The Australian National Maritime Museum, closes December 11

6) Head of Objects Conservation, The National Maritime Museum, closes 31 December

23 November 2009

1) Heritage Boatyard Supervisor, The Waterways Trust, closes 25 November

2) USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee, CEO, seeks a quality person with substantial organizational and administrative experience for the chief executive position aboard Battleship MASSACHUSETTS and other historic naval vessels at Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA. Responsibilities include all day-to-day operations, ongoing programs coordination and management of $2.3 million budget.  Successful candidate should be an energetic visionary leader with interpersonal skills, strategic planning experience and the ability to develop and implement an imaginative marketing program. This person should have a track record of effective team building with staff and the board of directors and be a confident broker in uniting and coordinating the efforts of federal, state and local political leadership. Additionally, the successful candidate will be familiar with fund raising and the grant application process. Must be familiar with military traditions, customs and courtesies. Maritime background preferred.
Send resume and cover letter to: or to Chairman, Search Committee, Battleship MASSACHUSETTS, P.O. Box 111, Fall River, MA 02722

3) Alfred H. Howell Endowed Chair in History and Archaeology, American University of Beirut, closes March 1, 2010

In Archaeology, the applicant will be an acknowledged senior academic specializing in areas not currently covered by the department, including Egyptology, the archaeology of Mesopotamia and/ or Iran, the archaeology of pre-Islamic Arabia and the Gulf, Islamic, environmental or marine archaeology. Applicants who have experience in teaching archaeological methodology and theory are particularly welcome.

4) Curator of Maritime History and Deputy Head of Merseyside Maritime Museum, closes 30 November

5) Research Associate in Maritime Zooarchaeology, Mcdonald Institute for Archaeological Research, closes 23 November

6) Marine Licence Manager, Hanson Marine, closes 5 January 2010.

7) Marine Carpenter, Work on board the historic Mayflower II. Primary responsibility is to perform needed repairs and restoration to Mayflower II and other watercraft. Assist with upkeep of rigging including the rigging of Mayflower II each spring and fall. Travel with Mayflower II when she goes to dry dock for haul out. Participate in public programming at Mayflower II site. Research and practice 17th century trades and techniques relating to the work assigned. Participate in sail training aboard Mayflower II as well as take part in sailing trips Mayflower II or other Museum craft. Build and repair reproduction tools and artifacts for Mayflower II and other craft at Museum. Work in costume onboard Mayflower II, or Pilgrim Village, from time to time, while performing 17th century tasks. Must have two years ship or boat carpentry or equivalent. Must be able to lift up to 60 pounds, climb the ships rigging to the height of 100 feet as well as out to the extremities of the yards. Working from staging on the side of the ship or on a work float in the water may be required. Full-time, year-round. Send cover letter & resume to: or fax 508-747-0884.

* Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Military History, The History Department at Old Dominion University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Military History. Area of specialization is open (ODU has an excellent naval and maritime history program) . Ph.D. in history is required by time of appointment. Teaching experience and publications preferred. We welcome applicants whose research strengthens history department offerings and contributes to other divisions within the College of Arts and Letters. Position begins July 2010. Send letter of application, c.v., three letters of reference, writing sample, and proposed syllabus for undergraduate course in military history to Dr. Jane Merritt, Chair, Personnel Committee, History Department, BAL 8000, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0091. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2009 and continue until the position is filled. Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution and requires compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

9) Maritime Historian, NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, closes December 4th

Maritime History Symposium

Call For Papers

Walker Maritime History Symposium,

Maine Maritime Museum, April 10, 2010 Maine Maritime Museum invites proposals for papers relating to the largest vessels ever built. We intend a debate regarding the largest wooden ship ever built and need advocates (or critics) for Wyoming, Great Republic, Columbus, Baron of Renfrew, Caligula’s barge, HMS Orlando, HMS Mersey, the Chinese ships of 1421, or any others. Proposals for presentations on non-wood vessels of extreme size and modern ship construction are also welcomed. Informal proposals must be sent by November 30, 2009, to Senior Curator Nathan R. Lipfert,, or at Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street, Bath ME, 04530, USA.

Nathan R. Lipfert, Senior Curator Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington Street Bath, Maine 04530 207-443-1316, ext 328, fax 207-443-1665

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