The advocate's devil: The maritime public historian as expert witness

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-38
Number of pages14
JournalPublic Historian
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Cultural resource management
  • Expert witness
  • Law
  • Maritime
  • Shipwreck


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