North Carolina Maritime History Council

2019 Annual Conference Speakers


Dr. William N. Still Jr. 

Author and Maritime Historian                                                           

Dr.  "Bill" Still is an avid supporter of the North Carolina Maritime History Council.  He has attended many of our conferences.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi College in 1953.  After college he served in the United States Navy, 1954 to 1956.  Following service to his country, he resumed his education.  This time he attended the University of Alabama and received a Master of Arts Degree in 1958 and a PhD in 1964.  His  thesis was on "The History of the CSS Arkansas" and his dissertation was "The Construction and Fitting out of Ironclad Vessels-of-War Within the Confederacy".  In 1959, Dr. Still was appointed an instructor and later an assistant professor of history at the Mississippi University for Women.  Then  in 1968 he came to our great state and East Carolina University where he was appointed as an instructor and later an assistant professor of history.  Professor Still was the founding director of ECU's Program in maritime history and underwater archaeology. Following his retirement and move in 1994 to  Kailua, Hawaii, the University of Hawaii appointed him as adjunct researcher in 1995.

A leading figure in the academic field of maritime history, the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) awarded Still its K. Jack Bauer Award in 1988. Subsequently, Still became an active leader of NASOH, serving as vice president in 1988–1992 and president from 1992–1994. In addition, Still served on the advisory council of the Society of Civil War Historians, 1987–1997 and on the editorial advisory board of The American Neptune from 1984 to 2002, Civil War Times Illustrated from 1994, and the Secretary of the Navy's advisory subcommittee on naval history. 

In 1989–1990, Still occupied the Secretary of the Navy Research Chair in Naval History at the Naval Historical Center. In addition, he served on the advisory board of the National Maritime Alliance and the United States Commission on Military History.  

Dick Stephenson

Author and Professor Emeritus at ECU

Dick Stephenson was born in Cleveland, Ohio during the depression.  He was an orphan who was adopted early on.  Dick grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio.  His work experiences are numerous and eclectic including: working in greenhouses, mowing lawns and shoveling snow, paperboy, dance band and jazz combo musician, and on the railroad as a riveter, carpenter, air brake repairman, car inspector, assistant wire chief, freight station agent, passenger station agent, tower operator, telegrapher and supervisor at the freight service bureau on NYCS – then the Navy!  And other  learning experiences - farming, carhop, grocery store clerk, gift shop clerk, short order cook, theater usher, mover, construction, landscaping, and in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War being a coxswain of amphibious landing craft, then a ship’s postmaster, and finally in communications with the naval security group in the Panama Canal Zone.

He has been mostly concerned about finding answers to water problems - like water quality, fluvial and coastal geomorphology, stream and coastal flooding issues, estuarine ecology, environmental management and hazard mitigation planning.

Dick is credited with well over a 100 professional publications, mostly in the geosciences, but also urban and regional planning, and maritime history and underwater archaeology.  He has managed a research institute, a water quality laboratory, planning and environmental consulting firm and a water treatment company.

Married for 67 years, three children, three grandchildren - and concerned about population growth, but not climate change. Retired after teaching college and conducting research for 40 years in geography, geology, physics, physical science, urban, regional and environmental planning, maritime history and underwater archaeology. And he is available for part-time jobs, maybe!


Thursday Guest Speaker:

Scott Huler    



Author of seven nonfiction books.   Scott was born in 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio.  He grew up on the east side in the suburbs.  A member of Phi Beta Kappa at  Washington University,  Scott graduated in 1981.  Duke Magazine website's informs us that Scott is their senior staff writer and that he has written for such newspapers as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Los Angeles Times and such magazines as Backpacker, Fortune, and ESPN. His award-winning radio work has been heard on "All Things Considered" and "Day to Day" on National Public Radio and on "Marketplace" and "Splendid Table" on American Public Media. He hates wearing dress-up clothes.

Scott's newest book is the one of most interest to North Carolina Maritime History enthusiasts and the one that he will be speaking on.   The book titled A Delicious Country  was written as a result of Scott retracing John Lawson's route through the Carolinas.  It combines a traveler's curiosity, a naturalist's keen observation and a writer's wit.     


        Jeremy Borrelli

        Asst. Staff Maritime Archeologist



Jeremy Borelli is the Assistant Staff Maritime Archaeologist for the Program in Maritime Studies. He has experience in terrestrial and maritime archaeology, maritime history and material culture analysis.  Over the past eight years Jeremy has been involved with archaeological projects in North Carolina, New York’s Hudson Valley, the Great Lakes, Africa and the Caribbean. Before joining ECU, he worked as a maritime archaeologist for the Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project at the QAR Conservation Laboratory and NC Underwater Archaeology Branch. His research interests include 18th and 19th century maritime history, the archaeology of landing sites and maritime infrastructure, digital and 3D documentation methods, maritime landscape studies and public archaeology.


Jason Raupp

Asst. ECU Professor 

Jason Raupp is an Assistant Professor in the Program in Maritime Studies at East Carolina University.  Over the past twenty years he has been involved with maritime and terrestrial archaeological research projects in the US, West Africa, Australia, Asia, and the Pacific region. He has extensive experience in public and private sector cultural heritage management, as well as diving and boating safety. Before moving to Greenville in 2013, Jason lived in Australia where he worked as the Technical Officer for Flinders University's Department of Archaeology and later as a consultant archaeologist/historian for cultural heritage management firms, heritage agencies, and museums around the country. His research interests include historical and maritime archaeology of the Pacific Ocean, culture contact, historic fisheries, military technologies, battlefield studies, and contact-period rock art. His current research focuses on early to mid-nineteenth century pelagic whaling and the industrial aspects of the ships employed in the Pacific whale fishery.


        Tyler McLellan

        ECU Graduate Student



Tyler McLellan is a second-year graduate student in the Maritime Studies Program at East Carolina University. His main area of interest is on the Battle of the Atlantic off the coast of North Carolina and is also working to acquire a skill set in GIS, photogrammetry, and RTK survey work. Tyler has worked at a fur trade site in northern Alberta, studied the Mayan temples in Guatemala, excavated at a Lucayan site on San Salvador Island, Bahamas, studied at Minoan sites on Crete, Greece, and at various sites in North Carolina, including the Greenville Lock on the Tar River. He has conducted transcription work for the Youngstown Steel Museum of Industry and Labor as well as the Bedford Historical Society as well as lab work for Youngstown State University. Tyler is certified as an AAUS Scientific Diver and hopes to attain the rank of Dive Master as well as technical diver. He spends much of his time in his campus's library.


       David J. Stewart

       ECU Professor of Nautical Archeology



David Stewart is a professor of nautical archaeology in the Program in Maritime Studies at East Carolina University. He earned a BA in archaeology at Baylor University and an MA and PhD from the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Jamaica, and several U.S. states. At present, his research focuses on the maritime culture of Bronze Age Crete and the Age of Sail, with a particular interest in vernacular boatbuilding traditions.


Prof. Dr. Ingo Heidbrink

Professor of History, Old Dominion University

Ingo Heidbrink is Professor of (maritime) History at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. He studied Social and Economic History at the Universities of Hamburg and Bremen, Germany, (M.A. 1994, Dr.phil. 1999, Dr. phil. Habil. 2004) and has worked with a variety of maritime museums in Germany before coming to the US in 2008. He is Secretary General of the International Maritime History Association (IMHA), Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Hull, GB, and taught as guest professor at various universities in Germany, Greenland and Russia. He has worked as an officially appointed surveyor for historical watercraft and museum ships in Germany and holds a professional master’s and engineer’s license for vessels of all types on European inland waterways.

Dr. Sarah Watkins-Kenney        

Chief Conservator and Head of the Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab                                                                                                                      


Dr. Sarah Watkins-Kenney, since 2003 has worked for the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCR), Office of State Archaeology (OSA) as Chief Conservator and head of the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab (QAR Lab). The QAR Lab is located at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, NC, under a partnership agreement between NCR and ECU. Before moving to North Carolina, she worked for various museums, universities, regional conservation services and archaeology projects in Europe. From 1994-2003 she was Head of the Metals, Ceramics and Glass Conservation Section at the British Museum, London, UK. She has a PhD (May 2019) in Coastal Resources Management Program at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Her dissertation research was on "Complexity and Conservation Management of Underwater Cultural Heritage by Public Agencies in North Carolina". She also has a BSc. honors degree in Archaeological Conservation from University of Wales, College Cardiff and a MA degree in Museum and Gallery Management from City University, London; She is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation (FIIC); an Accredited Conservator-Restorer (ACR) of the Institute for Conservation UK (ICON), and an Accredited Member of the UK Chartered Institute of Field Archaeologists (MCIfA). She has been an author on over 40 publications on various aspects of the conservation of archaeological materials, including of waterlogged wood. She regularly presents talks about her work and the projects she is involved with to both professional and public audiences.


Andrew E. Duppstadt       

Education & Interpretation Supervisor of NC Division of State Historic Sites                                                     

Andrew has been the Education & Interpretation Supervisor of the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites since 2006.  Prior to that he has been the Assistant Site Manager of the CSS Neuse State Historic Site in Kinston, a Character Interpreter at Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens in New Bern, the Executive Director of the Carteret County Historical Society in Morehead City and  a part-time Historic Interpreter at Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach.  He is also the Eastern North Carolina Regional Director of Civil War Trails, Inc.  Andrew serves on the Executive Board of the North Carolina Maritime History Council, on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Military Historical Society and the founder/president of the Carolina Living History Guild.  He has authored several articles appearing in Civil War Navy; The Magazine, The Civil War Naval Encyclopedia, ALHFAM Bulletin, and in History News: The Magazine of the American Association for State and Local History.  He has reviewed several Civil War themed books and given numerous presentations.

Andrew was born at Camp Lejeune but moved to southwestern Pennsylvania when he was two.  Returning to North Carolina in 1985 with his family he attended middle school and high school in Swansboro.  Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts in History  and Master of Arts in History from UNC-Wilmington.


James McKee           

Site Manager, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site                                                                                                       

Jim McKee is a graduate of Greensboro College. He received his master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University and is Site Manager at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site. 


Chris Grimes       

History Enthusiast                                                                                                              

Chris Grimes, an avid history enthusiast and part-time historic interpreter at the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, VA, has served on numerous historical society and museum boards. A graduate of NC State University, Grimes is president of Martin County Insurance Associates in Williamston.


Elise Carroll

Office Manager, Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab

Elise is originally from Greenville, NC and began volunteering and interning at the QAR Lab during her undergraduate studies in 2011. Completing her undergraduate studies in History and Anthropology at the University of Mississippi, Elise returned home to study Maritime History and Archaeology and received her MA from ECU in 2018. Upon beginning her MA in Maritime Studies at ECU in Fall 2014, she became a graduate assistant and then an Assistant Conservator at the lab. Presently, she is serving as the QAR Lab Office Manager. She has participated in ECU field projects in Costa Rica, North Carolina, and Florida. She worked in the lab and in the field at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum as an Assistant Conservator before returning to Greenville.

Lynn Harris     

Associate Professor at ECU                                                                                                                    

Lynn Harris (PhD University of South Carolina in 2002), an Associate Professor in the Maritime Studies Program in the History Department at East Carolina University, has a background in African American history, public outreach, material culture studies, underwater and terrestrial archaeology, historic preservation, and cultural resource management. Areas of fieldwork experience and historical research interest span the southeastern US seaboard, Africa, and the Caribbean. In 2013 she was presented with the Gerald E. Morris Prize by the Fellows of the G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport for an article best representing maritime scholarship for her article on African and African American maritime legacy. Her publications include a book Patroons and Periaguas: Enslaved Watermen and the Watercraft of the Lowcountry. Currently Harris is principal investigator for a NPS interdisciplinary collaborative grant for documenting coastal heritage at risk and co-principal investigator for a second NPS grant to document archaeological and historical African American heritage in the historic district of Portsmouth, NC. Harris has 40 years of SCUBA diving experience with the majority in low visibility rivers and estuaries of the south eastern seaboard inventorying African American and Native American heritage.


Charles Ewen 

Arthur and Maritime Historian                                                                                                                   

Charles Ewen received his PhD at the University of Florida in 1987  and immediately went to work for the Bureau of Archaeological Research in Tallahassee. After excavating Hernando de Soto’s winter encampment, he moved to Arkansas to run contracts for the Arkansas Archeological Survey for the next several years. Charles joined the faculty at ECU in 1994 and is currently a full professor in the Department as well as Director of the Phelps Archaeology Laboratory.

Charles' research interests focus mostly on historical archaeology (specifically the contact and colonial periods). However, like most archaeologists, circumstances have led him to work on nearly every kind of archaeology site, from prehistoric villages to Civil War fortifications and twentieth-century homesteads. While at ECU, he has directed several projects at Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens in New Bern, Ft. Macon State Park, Hope Plantation, Somerset Place, and a long-term archaeological study of Historic Bath, North Carolina.

William Nassif

M.A. Candidate at ECU

William Nassif is a M.A. Candidate in Maritime Studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.  He obtained his B.A. in History from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  William is currently working as a graduate research assistant in the Department of History at East Carolina University.  He has interned with the NOAA Monitor Marine Sanctuary Summer Internship program and at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Mackenzie Mirre

Graduate Student at ECU

 Mackenzie Mirre is a second-year graduate student at East Carolina University pursuing a master’s degree in Maritime Studies. Mackenzie received a bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University in Anthropology with minors in History and Religion. Mackenzie’s research interests include the various cultural groups’ use of inland waterways as a tool to project social and political autonomy.