Peter Throckmorton

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Peter Throckmorton
Edgerton Alvord Throckmorton

July 30, 1928
New York City, New York [1] [2]
DiedJune 5, 1990(1990-06-05) (aged 61)
Scientific career
Institutions Nova Southeastern University

Edgerton Alvord Throckmorton (July 30, 1928 – June 5, 1990), known as Peter Throckmorton, was an American photojournalist and a pioneer underwater archaeologist, frequently described as the Father of Underwater Archaeology. Throckmorton was a founding member of the Sea Research Society and served on its Board of Advisors until his death in 1990. He was also a trustee for NUMA and was an instructor at Nova Southeastern University.



Peter also discovered the 1877 iron bark ELISSA lying off the shipbreaker's yard in Perama, Greece. From her lines and fittings and his experience sailing aboard a 'Downeaster' as a teenager, he knew ELISSA for what she was- one of the last square-rig ships still in the trade, even if greatly modified, of smuggling cigarettes. His efforts, combined with those of the San Francisco Maritime Museum's founder Karl Kortum, saved the ship until she could find a safe haven with the Galveston Historical Foundation. She is now completely restored and considered one of the finest nineteenth-century tall ships still sailing.



  1. Bass, George F. (2014). "Throckmorton, Peter". Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer New York. pp. 7307–7308. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_638. ISBN   978-1-4419-0426-3.
  2. U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947
  3. Fowler, Glenn (June 11, 1990). "Peter Throckmorton, Archeologist Of Ancient Shipwrecks, Dies at 61". The New York Times. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  4. The Cape Gelidonya wreck circa 1200BC Archived 2006-12-12 at the Wayback Machine
  5. The Yassi Ada wreck circa 4th century AD Archived 2007-02-04 at the Wayback Machine
  6. The Pantano Longarini wreck circa 600-650AD Archived 2007-02-06 at the Wayback Machine
  7. The Dokos wreck circa 2250-2050 BC

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