About Us

The Institute of Maritime History (IMH) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and documentation of archaeological remains related to maritime history. Incorporated in 1994, and with field operations now in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia, IMH is engaged in the study and conservation of shipwrecks, historic waterfront structures and landscapes, and submerged prehistoric archaeological sites. Through archaeological research, IMH seeks to inform and engage the public about the history and culture of seafaring, marine industries, and traditional maritime lifeways.

People of IMH

Joshua A. Daniel is a Director and the President of IMH. Josh received his MA in Anthropology (Nautical Archaeology Program) from Texas A&M University. After graduating from Texas A&M University, he worked as an archaeologist for Tidewater Atlantic Research, Inc. and the Institute for International Maritime Research in Washington, North Carolina. He worked with IMH on the CSS George Page project, a search for the Black Diamond off St. Clements Island, and was the Principal Investigator for the second part of IMH’s Dahlgren Gun Wreck project in 2018. He has conducted or contributed to numerous underwater archaeological projects in Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey, Italy, France, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. 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).

David Howe is a Director, Secretary and Treasurer of IMH. He developed and leads the Submerged Historical Inventory Project (SHIP) – a volunteer program to find and assess shipwreck sites and report them to the State Historic Preservation Officer. Prior to his arrival at IMH, David was treasurer and president of the Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society (MAHS), program manager and legal advisor for the underwater archaeology branch at the Naval Historical Center in Washington DC, Assistant Supervisor of Salvage USN, a member of the US delegation to the 1989 Salvage Convention at the International Maritime Organization in London, and a trial attorney with the admiralty section of the US Department of Justice in Washington and New York. He received his bachelor’s degree from New York University and Juris Doctor with honors from Syracuse University. A retired Commander (Surface Warfare) USN, and a sailor since childhood, he has operated vessels ranging from small craft to large ships. He served as Officer of the Deck in a destroyer and an aircraft carrier as well as naval gunfire officer with the First Marine Division in Vietnam, taught piloting and navigation at Naval Officer Candidate School, and commanded a Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit. He is certified in SCUBA and hard-hat diving, and owns and operates Roper, a small research vessel that IMH uses for archaeological survey work in Chesapeake and Delaware Bays and in Florida.