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David MooreNautical Archaeologist

David Moore, Nautical Archaeologist

Moore has been a nautical archaeologist for over thirty-five years, including stints with both North Carolina and Florida, and conducted field research on over 300 shipwrecks dating from the 16th to 19th centuries.  He holds degrees from the  University of North Carolina at Wilmington and East Carolina University’s Program in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology. 

At ECU, Moore began researching piracy and initially proposed the project to locate Blackbeard’s shipwrecks in 1982 as a graduate project.  His work in Florida included the structural investigations of the 17th century Spanish galleons Nuestra Señora de Atocha (c.1622), Santa Margarita (c.1622), and San Martin (c.1618); and directing the first deep-water (1350 feet) shipwreck excavation utilizing robotic technology off the Dry Tortugas (1990-91). 

As principle investigator on the Henrietta Marie Project (National Geographic, August 2002), his work led to the completion of a Master's thesis at ECU in 1989 on the historical and archaeological investigations of this significant slave ship site that proved instrumental in the development of a major traveling exhibition that toured the U.S. and abroad from 1995 until 2008.  Moore also worked on the wreck of Santa Clara, a ship owned by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and lost in the Bahamas in 1564, the year before Menéndez established St. Augustine, Florida. 

Born, raised, and educated in North Carolina, Moore returned to his home state in February 1996 when hired by the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.  He is currently Curator of Nautical Archaeology at the museum and directs the recording efforts on the excavation of Blackbeard’s flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge (National Geographic, July 2006).