Mr. Joshua A Daniel, MA, RPA, the current President of IMH, has been elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA). After graduating from Texas A&M University, Josh worked as an archaeologist for Tidewater Atlantic Research, Inc. and the Institute for International Maritime Research in Washington, North Carolina. He has conducted or contributed to numerous underwater archaeological projects in Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey, Italy, France, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. He worked with IMH on the CSS George Page project, a search for the Black Diamond off St. Clements Island, was the Principal Investigator for the second part of IMH’s Dahlgren Gun Wreck project in 2018, and was elected as President of IMH in 2022. He currently owns Seafloor Solutions, LLC, a subsea consulting company based in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland focusing on advanced underwater technologies including Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs).
In May 2011, IMH was honored with a historic preservation award from the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), as one of the partners who is working with the U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico to document archaeological sites associated with three Civil War Confederate camps and the CSS George Page, a side-wheel steamship. The ACHP notes that “these sites were involved in the Battle of the Potomac, a struggle by both sides to control navigation from the nation’s capital from immediately after Virginia’s secession in April 1861 until March 1862. Among the military highlights associated with this campaign to control the Potomac River were the first use of an aircraft carrier in history; first Medal of Honor presented to a Navy recipient for actions in the Civil War; first use of a floating anti-ship mine in American waters; and, the issuance by President Abraham Lincoln of General War Order 3 mandating immediate military action to relieve the Confederate blockade of Washington, D.C.” The sites are now listed to the National Register of Historic Places.
Others recognized in the ceremony were Kathleen S. Kilpatrick, Virginia State Historic Preservation Officer; Joseph F. Balicki, associate director, cultural resources, John Milner Associates, Inc; Robb Hampton, director, National Public Lands Day, National Environmental Education Foundation; Carmelo Melendez, director of Facilities Division, Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCBQ); Bruce Frizzell, head, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Branch, MCBQ; Elizabeth Kimmerly, head, National Environmental Policy Act Coordination Section, MCBQ; and, John Haynes, base archaeologist, MCBQ. Bill Utley attended the award ceremony in Washington D.C. to receive the award for IMH.