SEAMAHP, co-founded by Dr. Calvin Mires and Captain Laurel Seaborn, is an innovative non-profit organization that creates hands-on programs in maritime heritage and encourages collaboration and support of local community partners, museums and organizations to further that goal.
Calvin Mires has over seven years of experience as the staff archaeologist for East Carolina University’s Program in Maritime Studies, one of the only departments in the
United States dedicated to teaching graduate students history, theory, and techniques in maritime archaeology. He has trained and supervised nearly 100 students and worked on over 30 different projects around the world. He holds several diving and boating certifications, including NAUI dive instructor. Calvin recently finished his doctoral research, which focused on how the non-diving public perceives and values preservation of maritime archaeological heritage. He is interested in qualitative and quantitative methods, such as socio-economics, to understand how people today relate to the important role maritime history and heritage has played in its contributions to society. With this expanded knowledge, effective and informed policies can be created that both protect maritime heritage resources as well as offer the public enhanced benefits and educational opportunities.
Laurel Seaborn graduated from East Carolina University from the Department of History’s Maritime Studies Program. She has worked as crew and captain aboard both modern and historic sailing ships. Laurel sailed both original and replica tall ships representing different eras, including Lady Washington, a replica of an 1750s brig, Gazela, the 1883 Portuguese barkentine, and Kaskelot, a 1930s ship-rigged British vessel. From those experiences, she gained first-hand knowledge of types of vessels, their construction, and life at the sea. Besides various sites and shipwrecks for field schools, she has worked as archaeological technician, research vessel mate, and acting field director on four projects for NC Underwater Archaeology Branch on Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR) in Beaufort, North Carolina. Her master’s thesis focused on the maritime archaeology of shipboard women in the nineteenth century, and she is expanding her research into a book. Currently, Laurel is at University of New Hampshire working towards her PhD.