2021 NC Maritime History Council's

31st Annual Conference

November 4-6, 2021

Southport, North Carolina


Thursday, November 4 

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

4:30-6:00 pm               Registration & Opening Reception 


Friday, November 5

Southport Community Building

8:00-8:50 am         Registration  & Sign In

8:50-9:00 am         Welcome 
9:00-9:30 am       
Hidden Beneath the Waves: Exploring North Carolina’s Underwater Cultural Heritage
Presented by: Tane Casserley and Chris Southerly, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and North Carolina Underwater Archaeology 

9:30-10:00 am       
The Program in Maritime Studies Summer 2021 Field School:
An Exploration of the Shipwrecks and Settlements of Shackleford Island and Core Banks
Presented by: Nathan Richards, Jason Raupp, Jeremy Borrelli, Director & Professor, Program in Maritime Studies, Department of History, East Carolina University
10:00-10:30 am    
Mapping the Shorescape: Developing a Holistic Approach to Assessing Storm
Damages to North Carolina’s Maritime Legacies
Presented by: Melissa A. Timo, M.A., R.P.A., Office of State Archaeology, Historic Cemetery Specialist
10:30-10:45 am      Break 
10:45-11:15 am        
Soldiers of Fortuna: Re-Contextualizing the Spanish Attack of Brunswick Town,
NC (1748)
Presented by: Jeremy Borrelli, Staff Archaeologist, East Carolina University, Program of Maritime Studies

11:15-11:45 am      
Dredging Up History: An Oyster Vessel Wrecked in Washington, North Carolina
Presented by: Patrick Boyle, Masters Candidate 

11:45-12:15 am      
One Whale of a Bridge: A History of North Carolina’s Old Bone Foot Log
Presented by: Dominic Bush, PhD Candidate, Coastal Resource Management, East Carolina University

12:15-1:30 pm         Lunch 

1:30-2:00 pm        
Manipulated by Hand and Moon: Black Geographies and the Tidal Rice Fields of the Brunswick River
Presented by: Stephanie Sterling, Maritime Studies Program, East Carolina University

2:00-2:30 pm         
The Enslaved Maritime Industry, a Family “Business”
Presented by: Mackenzie Mirre Tabeling, M.A. Student at East Carolina University

2:30-3:00 pm        
Foodways of the Enslaved Aboard Early 18th Century Slave Vessels
Presented by: Michaela Hoots, Maritime Studies Program, East Carolina University
3:00-3:15 pm        Break 
3:15-3:45 pm          
The Cultural Significance of a Dugout Canoe to People of the Past and Present
Presented by: Lydia Downs, Maritime Studies Program, East Carolina University

3:45-4:15 pm       
Metropolis and O’Keefe: Studying a Currituck Beach Shipwreck
Presented by: Matt Pawelski, Maritime Studies Program, East Carolina University

4:15-4:45 pm         
“Stripped Clean by Wind and Water”: The Search for a Provincetown Whaler
Wrecked in Cape Lookout, North Carolina
Presented by: Lindsay Wentzel, Maritime Studies Program, East Carolina University
4:45-5:30 p.m.       Break
5:30-9:00 p.m.   
Reception, Dinner and Keynote Speaker
Southport Community Building
Caterer by Middle of the Island (Wrightsville Beach, NC)
Menu: Chicken, Seafood, and Vegetarian selections
Beer & Wine – cash bar
Keynote Speaker: David Cecelski
The Color of Water: Race & Maritime History on the North Carolina Coast
Twenty years after The Waterman's Song, Dr. Cecelski will carry the story of the African American freedom struggle in maritime NC forward into the 20th century and beyond.

Saturday, November 6

Southport Community Building

8:00-8:50 am              Registration & Sign In  

8:50-9:00 am              Welcome 

9:00-9:30 am             
Revaluating the Origins of North Carolina’s Menhaden Industry 
Presented by: David M. Bennett, Curator of Maritime History, North Carolina Maritime Museum System

9:30-10:00 am         
The Titanic Distress Message: Fact or Fiction?
Presented by: Thomas C. Jepsen, Historian 

10:00-10:30 am         
Uncovering the Hidden History of the North Carolina Coast at the Outer Banks History Center
Presented by: Samantha Crisp, Director, Outer Banks History Center
10:30-10:45 am           Break
10:45-11:15 am         
Shedding New Light on a Familiar Story: Recent Discoveries from
Archaeological Site 31CR314, La Concorde/Queen Anne’s Revenge 
Presented by: Kimberly Kenyon, Co-Principal Investigator, La Concorde/Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck, NC Office of State Archaeology

11:15-11:45 a.m.         
Every Tree Tells A Story 
Presented by: Chris Southerly, North Carolina Underwater Archaeology, NC OSA 


Conference Venues

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

204 E. Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport stands at the confluence of the Cape Fear River, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean.  The museum inhabits the officer’s quarters on the grounds at Fort Johnston. 

Southport Community Building

223 East Bay Street Southport, NC 28461 

Southport, a quaint coastal town at the confluence of the Cape Fear River, Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean, will host the 2021 conference. Known for its iconic oak trees, boatbuilding, and fisheries industries, this community is filled with outdoor recreation, museums, restaurants, and shops. 


River Hotel of Southport

704 East Moore Street Southport, NC 28461

A nine-minute walk to the Conference and NC Maritime Museum. 30 rooms are blocked with double occupancy. NC Maritime History Council Conference Rate is $118.00 plus taxes. Conference attendees must reserve their room before October 10, 2021. 

Post-Conference Activities


Annual Southport Wooden Boat Show – Old Yacht Basin

Bald Head Island Package – Lighthouse and museum, tour of the island (ferry ride)

Tour of NC Underwater Archaeology Branch at Kure Beach (ferry ride)


Tributaries is the annual publication of the North Carolina Maritime History Council. Any presenters at the Council’s annual conference are encouraged to submit a paper to Tributaries, which is published in November each year. The journal accepts a range of articles in the field of maritime studies and seeks to support continuing historical, archaeological, and cultural research by publishing articles and reviews related to the maritime history and culture of North Carolina and the Eastern seaboard. All members of the maritime history community, including students and independent researchers, are welcome to submit articles and/or reviews. Contributors need not be members of the NCMHC or live in the state of North Carolina. Manuscripts submitted for consideration must be based on original research and analysis, and all manuscripts are subject to a peer review process at the editor’s discretion. For more information about Tributaries, please contact the editor, Jeremy Borrelli (borrellij16@ecu.edu).


Cover Image: A typical mullet gang at its camp on Shackleford Banks. From: George Brown Goode, ed., The Fisheries and Fishery Industries of the United States, 5 sections (Washington, D.C.: Commission of Fish and Fisheries, 1884-1887), 5, vol. 2, pl. 149.