John Broadwater

Chief Scientist of the Monitor Expedition 2001

In 1978, Dr. Broadwater became Virginia's first State Underwater Archaeologist. For nearly a decade he directed a major shipwreck project in the York River that resulted in a permanent exhibit at the Yorktown Victory Center and his June 1988 article in National Geographic magazine. From 1992-2005 Dr. Broadwater was Manager of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where he directed seven major expeditions to the remains of the famous Civil War ironclad warship USS Monitor. Those efforts resulted in the recovery of hundreds of significant objects and the development of the USS Monitor Center at The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Va. Dr. Broadwater serves on several archaeological advisory boards, is a Fellow in The Explorers Club, and is listed in Who's Who in America. In 1985, he served as first mate aboard the Godspeed, a replica square-rigged sailing ship, for an ocean crossing from London to Jamestown, and in 2001 he made a two and a half mile submarine dive to explore the RMS Titanic. Dr. Broadwater was the Chief Scientist of the Monitor 2001 expedition. He has been the Manager of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary since 1992. He is a former Senior Underwater Archaeologist of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. A well known author and lecturer, Dr. Broadwater will share his Monitor experiences during his presentation.

The SS Monitor