Book Review-‘Robert J. Walker: The history and archaeology of a U.S. Coast Survey steamship’ by J. P. Delgado and S. D. Nagiewicz

By Maddie Philips, published March 2021


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is generally known as an environmental monitoring agency which observes issues as diverse as fisheries manage- ment and severe weather. I will admit that before reading I was not familiar with the agency’s work in the preservation of shipwrecks and other historical maritime sites, nor its predecessor, and the subject of this book, the United States Coast Survey. Thankfully, authors James P. Delgado and Stephen D. Nagiewicz were able to remedy this and describe the history and importance of the Coast Survey, as well as NOAA’s current work, through the story of one of its coast survey vessels, the Robert J. Walker. Delgado unsurprisingly had a particular draw to the wreck of the Robert J. Walker as the former Director of Maritime Heritage of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Delgado led the expedition to help reestablish the identity of the Walker in tandem with Nagiewicz, a former dive boat operator and professional diver local to the coast of New Jersey, where the wreck site is located…

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