Jim has authored numerous articles for scientific journals, trade magazines, national landmark studies, government publications and newspapers. Here are selected articles by section. For a complete list of article titles, download Jim’s resume.
Dialogue and negotiation can pave the way forward in the Norwegian-Canadian dispute over the arctic shipwreck Maud.
Canada and Norway have the potential to do just that right now in an international tug-of-war over a Norwegian-Canadian immigrant named Maud. Maud is not a child, but a shipwreck – and a significant one, at that. In the last few months, a well-publicized effort to repatriate Maud back to Norway has been met with determination from the Arctic community of Cambridge Bay, Canada, to keep her exactly where she has rested, partially out of the water, for the last eight decades.
Saving History for the Public
Glorifying treasure hunters and denigrating archaeologists is a poor apology for the destruction of our underwater heritage.
Excerpt: In a June 8 New York Times Op-Ed piece, Robert Kurson, author of the popular book Shadow Divers, attacks archaeologists as pirates, calling us a “new breed of raiders.” By contrast, he praises treasure hunters: “Without them…many of these wrecks would stay lost forever. Without the lure of a big and romantic payoff, no one would even look.” Moreover, Kurson paints archaeologists as ivory-tower academics and the treasure hunters as larger-than-life men-of-action: “it’s a good bet that a grizzled, lifelong salvage diver has better real-life, tight-squeeze shipwreck experience than an archaeologist who writes up guidelines for this work from his office near the student union.” This is a response from a grizzled lifelong archaeologist who has plenty of real-life, tight-squeeze experiences, as do many of my colleagues.
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No longer a buoyant ship: Unearthing the Gold Rush storeship Niantic
Volume 58, Number 4 (Winter 1979/1980)
Excerpt: Transforming the sleepy settlement of Yerba Buena into a bustling City of San Francisco, the California gold rush brought thousands of eager gold seekers to the continent’s western shore in ships of all sizes, makes and registries. Many of the vessels were destined never to leave San Francisco, for more often than not, their captains would wake the morning after entering the harbor to find themselves in command of ships without crews. By early 1850, over seven hundred ships lay abandoned and derelict in the waters of Yerba Beuna Cove, their men lost to the lure of the gold fields.
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Falls of Clyde
1878 Four-Masted Ship
Designated April 11, 1989
Excerpt: The 1878 ship Falls of Clyde is the world’s only surviving four-masted full-rigged ship. Built in Great Britain in the last quarter of the 19th century during a shipbuilding boom inspired in part by increased trade with the United States, Falls of Clyde made several voyages to American ports, notably San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, while under the British flag. Sold to American owners in 1898, Falls of Clyde gained American registry by a special act of Congress in 1900. Henceforth she was involved in the nationally important Hawaiian transpacific sugar trade for Capt. William Matson’s Matson Navigation Co., a shipping firm of international scope and significance that continues in business.