Scuba Diving magazine Readers Choice Awards consistently rank North Carolina as a top spot for U.S. wreck-diving. The coastal waters surrounding Wilmington and its island beaches afford a bevy of shipwrecks that interpret the region’s maritime heritage. In this two-part series, Dr. Gordon P. Watts, Jr. (N.C.’s first underwater archaeologist) takes us on a dive back in time to explore sunken blockade runners.Read More
Gordon P. Watts, Jr.
Gordon P. Watts, Jr., has spent half-a-century working and teaching maritime history and underwater archaeology. After earning his Ph. D. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Watts joined the N.C. Division of Archives and History in 1972 as the state's first underwater archaeologist. He later joined Dr. William N. Still at East Carolina University to design and develop the graduate program in Maritime History and Underwater Research. Dr. Watts has been a principal investigator on underwater archaeological research projects throughout the U.S., Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, Bahamas, Bermuda and France. Research projects include the USS Monitor, CSS Alabama, CSS Georgia and others. Today, as the Executive Director of the Institute for International Maritime Research, Inc., and owner of Tidewater Atlantic Research, Inc., Watts continues to research and investigate shipwrecks.