The maritime historian working as litigation support and expert witness faces many challenges, including identifying and analyzing case law associated with admiralty subjects, cultural resource management law, and general historical topics. The importance of the unique knowledge of the historian in the maritime context is demonstrated by a case study of attempts to salvage the shipwreck Atlantic, the remains of a merchant vessel built and enrolled in the United States and lost in the Canadian waters of Lake Erie in 1852.
The Advocate’s Devil: The Maritime Public Historian as Expert Witness
Jay C. Martin is a founder of and faculty member in the Public History and the Cultural Resource Management Programs at Central Michigan University where he directs the Museum of Cultural and Natural History and the Museum Studies Program. He has worked in the public history field for over thirty-five years and specializes in developing unique collaborative ventures for sustainable preservation, management, and interpretation among public and private historical agencies in the Great Lakes region and beyond. His research in maritime history has been published in the American Neptune, the International Journal of Maritime History, the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, and the Nautical Research Journal.
- Views Icon Views
- Share Icon Share
- Search Site
Jay C. Martin; The Advocate’s Devil: The Maritime Public Historian as Expert Witness. The Public Historian 1 February 2015; 37 (1): 25–38. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2015.37.1.25
Download citation file: