The 10th Maritime Heritage Conference is jammed packed with educational sessions and extracurricular activities for you to enjoy. This schedule is subject to change.

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Reservations must be made by Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in order to be eligible for the conference rate.

Getting to Norfolk

Norfolk is serviced by the Norfolk International Airport. The following airlines come into Norfolk Airport: American, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways.

Amtrak now has service into downtown Norfolk. Click here for Amtrak schedule.

Driving Direction to Norfolk Waterside Marriott (get from their website)


Daniel J. Basta
NOAA, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

In January 2001, Daniel J. Basta was named as the Director of NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the agency responsible for preserving the natural, historical and cultural marine resources in the 13 national marine sanctuaries and in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, which was named a World Heritage Site in 2010. He has led a dramatic increase in the sanctuary system's role in marine conservation in the U.S. For example, community involvement was increased by expanding the number of advisory councils to 15, including the Business Advisory Council; 10 new vessels designed specifically for outreach, research and enforcement were added; award-winning film products were created for educating Americans about the importance of sanctuary resources; and six new visitor centers opened and 32 new aquaria partnerships were established. He continues to build partnerships with public-private organizations, industries, and academia throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Trained as an environmental engineer, Dan joined NOAA in 1979. He has 40 years' experience in environmental quality and natural resources assessment and management throughout the United States and abroad. As a problem-solver in resources assessment and management, he possesses detailed knowledge of a considerable variety of subjects and technical disciplines, e.g., natural system modeling resource economics, demography, land use planning, systems analysis, living marine resource assessment, and information science and technology. He has co-authored more than 50 publications and contributed to many more, including textbooks on modeling, atlases of U.S. coastal and ocean regions, reports and books on environmental problems at the national, region and international levels, and articles in journals and other publications.

Before joining NOAA, Dan held positions at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC, the Environmental Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences and John Hopkins University.

Dan has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Hofstra University and a Master of Science in Engineering and Policy Sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is an avid scuba diver, has been a scuba instructor for 30 years, and is a duty status NOAA diver.

Raymond Ashley, Ph.D.
President and CEO

Dr. Ray Ashley is President/CEO of the San Diego Maritime Museum. Growing up locally, he became director of the San Diego Maritime Museum in 1995. He holds a BA in Anthropology from UCSD, an MA in Maritime History and Museum Studies from East Carolina University, and a PhD in History from Duke University, specializing in the history of science, technology and medicine. He has taught courses in history and archeology at UCSD and USD, has published papers in American Neptune and a number of other professional journals, and writes a quarterly column for the Maritime Museum's peer reviewed journal Mains'l Haul.

Dr. Ashley has been sailing for most of his life since spending his senior year in high school on a schooner and has sailed, built, restored, renovated and preserved ships for many years before he came to the Maritime Museum and in the years since. He is a licensed captain for sail, steam and auxiliary vessels of 200 tons domestic (500 tons international) registry, is the Star of India's navigator and sails as relief captain for the other vessels of the Museum's active fleet including the State tallship Californian, steam yacht Medea, and Pilot.

Dr. Ashley is a member of many civic and professional organizations and serves or has served on the Boards of the Council of American Maritime Museums, Sea Education Association of Woods Hole, MA, the North American Society for Oceanic History, the Nautical Research Guild editorial board, the American Sail Training Association, Cabrillo Festival, and the San Diego Port Tenants Association, the World Ship Trust, and is President of the American Ship Trust. In 2007, Dr. Ashley was Conference Chair for the Eighth International Maritime Heritage Conference, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Dr. Ashley is also a maritime museum specialist consultant for the U.S. National Park Service, Northwest Seaport in Seattle, Genteng International of Singapore, and in 2006 was appointed to First Lady Laura Bush's Preserve America Summit.

He lives in Chula Vista with his wife Carlynn (with whom he sailed a 25' boat through the South Pacific) and daughters Brienne and Neva. He is a member of San Diego Yacht Club and serves as the club protocol officer.

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. assumed the duties of the 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on May 25, 2010. He leads the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), comprised of 42,000 active duty, 8,200 Reserve, 8,000 civilian and 31,000 volunteer Auxiliarists.

The Coast Guard is "Semper Paratus" - Always Ready - to use its distinctive blend of military, humanitarian and law enforcement capabilities to save lives and property at sea, protect and maintain our ports and maritime transportation system, secure our borders, respond to natural disasters, protect our marine environment and defend our Nation. The Coast Guard is also America's oldest continuous seagoing service and one of the Nation's five armed services. We trace our history back to August 4th, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of ten vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling. Our people are committed to the Coast Guard's core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty.

As a flag officer, Admiral Papp served as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, where he was operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within the eastern half of the world and provided support to the Department of Defense; as the Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard and Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Headquarters; as Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, with responsibilities for Coast Guard missions on the Great Lakes and Northern Border; and as Director of Reserve and Training where he was responsible for managing and supporting 13,000 Coast Guard Ready Reservists and all Coast Guard Training Centers.

Admiral Papp has served in six Coast Guard Cutters, commanding four of them: RED BEECH, PAPAW, FORWARD, and the training barque EAGLE. He also served as commander of a task unit during Operation ABLE MANNER off the coast of Haiti in 1994, enforcing United Nations Sanctions. Additionally, his task unit augmented U.S. Naval Forces during Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY.

He is a 1975 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and a Master of Science in Management from Salve Regina College.

Admiral Papp is the 13th Gold Ancient Mariner of the Coast Guard. The Gold Ancient Mariner is an honorary position held by an officer with over ten years of cumulative sea duty who has held the qualification as a Cutterman longer than any other officer.

Admiral Papp is a native of Norwich, Conn. He is married to the former Linda Kapral of East Lyme, Conn. Admiral and Mrs. Papp have three daughters and two granddaughters.


Each day will open with a plenary session with keynotes from the Maritime Heritage Alliance Award recipients.
Over 140 papers expected to be presented!