"Battle of the Atlantic - The American Theatre of WWII", with Joseph Hoyt
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center welcomes NOAA maritime archaeologist Joseph Hoyt
to its virtual First Thursday Speaker Series
From January through July of 1942, the U.S. east coast became the focus of the Battle of the Atlantic. German U-boats operated within sight of shore sinking allied ships and merchant vessels by the hundreds. This was the closest theatre of war to the continental U.S. yet remains underrepresented in history. The presentation will focus on activities that took place off the east coast, in particular North Carolina, with an emphasis on the technological and environmental parameters that influenced the landscape of this naval battlefield.
Joseph Hoyt is the National Maritime Heritage Program Coordinator for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. He specializes in archaeological recording of deep water shipwrecks and has worked since 2001 on several NOAA projects in the Thunder Bay, Florida Keys and Monitor National Marine Sanctuaries. In 2004, he was awarded the North American Rolex Scholarship through the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society. He has worked on underwater archaeology projects in North and South America, Europe, the Great Lakes, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and several inland rivers. Joe Hoyt is also an avid underwater photographer and technical diver, and has crewed documentary expeditions on BBC's Planet Earth and PBS. For the last 10 years, Hoyt has been the Chief Scientist on a multifaceted wide area investigation of WWII era shipwrecks lost off the coast of North Carolina. In 2014 he led a team of researchers that discovered the final resting place of the WWII German U-boat U-576 and its victim, a Nicaraguan flagged freighter Bluefields off the North Carolina coast. Hoyt earned an MA in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology from East Carolina University and serves on the Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology.