Shipwreck Found Off the Coast of Alabama Not the Clotilda

SEARCH is proud to have our Dr. Jim Delgado, Kyle Lent, and, Joseph Grinnan (pictured below), be a part of the team that determined the wreckage found off Alabama's Gulf Coast was not the long-lost Clotilda. Check-out Dr. Delgado's interview on CNN

March 08, 2018

7,000-Year-Old Burial Site Found Underwater

SEARCH is honored to have our Dr. Michael Faught, a pioneer in the field of prehistoric underwater archaeology, work on this amazing discovery now featured in National Geographic: 7,000-Year-Old Native American Burial Site Found Underwater


March 02, 2018

Newnan/Hubbard Street over Hogan’s Creek Historic Bridge Restoration

SEARCH is proud to be a part of an award-winning team involved in the restoration of the circa 1929 Newnan/Hubbard Street Bridge over Hogan’s Creek in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. The project received the Best in Bridge Category for 2017 from the Florida Transportation Builders Association, and it was also 6th Nationwide in  Roads and Bridges Magazine  for 2017.

January 09, 2018

SEARCH Awarded $7 Million USACE Omaha District Contract

USACE Omaha District has awarded SEARCH a five-year Blanket Purchase Agreement contract to support the District and their customers across the US, Hawaii, Alaska, and the US Territories.

October 25, 2017

SEARCH wins $1.1 Million Contract with FDOT, District 6

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 6, headquartered in Miami, Florida, has awarded SEARCH a multi-year contract to provide cultural resource services in support of state transportation projects in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.  SEARCH will provide a broad range of cultural resource services, including archaeological and architectural survey, agency consultation, mitigation support, and agreement document development, to support the District in compliance with state and federal environmental and cultural resource laws.  This is a five-year, $1.1M contract.

September 06, 2017
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SEARCH wins $2 Million Contract from CEHO

The Office of History, Headquarters, US Army Corps of Engineers (CEHO) in Alexandria, Virginia, has awarded SEARCH a multi-year contract for Historical Support Services to assist the CEHO in accomplishing its mission to collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate the history of the Corps of Engineers.  SEARCH will provide historical research, oral history, conservation, heritage design, and a variety of additional services to the CEHO, USACE divisions, districts, centers, labs, museum staffs, and the Center of Military History.  SEARCH was one of three firms selected for this $2 million IDIQ contract.

September 06, 2017
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Live Mission: WWII Submarine USS Bugara

Join SEARCH’s Senior Vice President, Dr. James Delgado, as he directs a deep sea archaeological mission to explore a World War II submarine that lies in 800 feet of water off the coast of Washington State.  As lead scientist ashore, Dr. Delgado will work with a team from Dr. Robert Ballard’s Ocean Exploration Trust, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and the Naval History and Heritage Command.  The robotic undersea vehicle Hercules will explore the wreck of USS Bugara, which sank in 1971 after a long and distinguished service. Using the robotic vehicle and satellite communications, Nautilus will broadcast the mission live on Friday, August 25, at starting at 9:00 AM EDT, and running for the next three to four hours.  Dr. Delgado will be joined by the former Bugara captain, 96-year old LCDR Ed Ettner (retired), who will share his memories of his command.

Delgado, 59, is a veteran of more than a hundred shipwreck investigations, including the wreck of Titanic. Dr. Delgado has led and participated in previous live missions, including robotic dives with NOAA’s ship Okeanos Explorer to the wreck of a Japanese mini-submarine sunk off Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941; and with Dr. Ballard, the exploration of historic wrecks off San Francisco, including the atomic-bombed aircraft carrier USS Independence, and the live robotic underwater excavation of an early 1800s shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico.

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August 24, 2017
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SEARCH at the United Nations

On Monday, June 5th, 2017, SEARCH’s Senior Vice President Dr. James Delgado spoke at the United Nations to highlight the role of culture in working toward a sustainable future for the world’s oceans.  The presentation was one of two key addresses at “An Ocean without History? – The Importance of Underwater Cultural Heritage,” organized by UNESCO as part of the UN’s Oceans Sustainability conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  In his address, Dr. Delgado spoke to the importance of shipwrecks and other archaeological sites for the information they possess, their potential for research, and as tools for engaging the public.  He also underscored the importance of collaborative science and the role of the private sector.   The discussion focused on the protection of underwater heritage resources, as well as promotion of research, awareness, and investment in order to safeguard history.

A recognized leader in underwater cultural heritage, Dr. Delgado previously served as the Director of Maritime Heritage in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries for NOAA, as well as the President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. His 44 year career has included more than a hundred shipwreck expeditions, including submersible and robotic dives to some of the world’s deepest sites. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 30 books and hosted six seasons of the National Geographic International Television series, The Sea Hunters. Currently, Dr. Delgado is the Senior Vice President of SEARCH. SEARCH is the leading national and global provider of archaeology, maritime archaeology, architectural history, history, and museum services.


June 09, 2017

Dr. James Delgado Joins SEARCH as Senior Vice President

SEARCH, Inc. announced today that Dr. James Delgado will be joining SEARCH as the firm’s Senior Vice President on May 1, 2017. SEARCH is the leading national and global provider of archaeology, maritime archaeology, architectural history, history, and museum services. Dr. Delgado will be responsible for ensuring operational and research excellence, implementing strategic initiatives, and expanding the firm’s international footprint. He also will serve as a public speaker, international delegate, documentary host, and major project spokesperson. He will be based in Jacksonville, Florida. “Jim is an explorer, scholar, and a scientific pioneer of the highest caliber,” said Anne V. Stokes, Ph.D., SEARCH CEO. “We are thrilled to work with him to advance our customers’ cultural heritage projects and programs, as well as our industry worldwide.”

Dr. Delgado joins SEARCH from his most recent position as Director of Maritime Heritage in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries for NOAA where from 2010 until now he has overseen heritage programs and active research in the nation’s waters, as well as outreach and education on America’s underwater and marine heritage. Previously, he served a four-year term as President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, the world’s leading scientific and educational organization dedicated to the understanding of humanity’s seafaring history through the excavation and scientific study of shipwrecks. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in British Columbia, Canada, for 15 years, and he served as Maritime Historian and Head of the US government’s Maritime Heritage Program for the US National Park Service for four years in Washington, DC. Dr. Delgado also served as the first historian for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the San Francisco Bay Area where among other duties he participated in the restoration and interpretation of Alcatraz. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 30 books, including The Lost Submarines of Pearl Harbor (Texas A&M University Press), The Maritime Landscape of the Isthmus of Panama (University Press of Florida), and the Encyclopaedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology (Yale University Press). Dr. Delgado has served as keynote speaker and presented to more than a hundred conferences and his work has reached hundreds of millions of viewers as host on six seasons of a National Geographic series, The Sea Hunters, as well as scientific programs on Discovery, The History Channel, A&E, and Nat Geo. On social media, his live expedition broadcasts at Pearl Harbor and at the wreck of the USS Independence were each telecast to over one million viewers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and The Explorers’ Club, and most recently was made an Officer of the Order of Civil Merit by His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain. “Joining SEARCH was a natural fit,” Dr. Delgado said. “SEARCH has the talent, the track record, the international platform, and most importantly, the passion to have cultural heritage make a meaningful difference in people’s lives and in the communities that we serve.”

SEARCH has worked across the United States, on all six occupied US Territories, and in 23 countries. With a staff of over 120 working from 15 offices in the continental United States, Hawai’i, and Guam, SEARCH supports major development and emergency response projects for customers in the Government and Commercial sectors. SEARCH President James Pochurek said, “Throughout his career, Jim has been a storyteller of the human condition. We are honored to work with him to explore the most remote reaches of the planet to discover our common heritage. Together, we will boldly go into the past."

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March 29, 2017

SEARCH is heading back to Saipan and Tinian

SEARCH is honoured to be joining the team as it returns to Saipan and Tinian.


February 28, 2017