KEVIN R. BODGE, Ph.D., prepared the technical research in support of the permit applications for the Maple Leafs excavation, and continues to periodically consult for the project on various engineering matters. As the Senior Engineer with Olsen Associates, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Bodge prepares physical and economic analyses of beach erosion problems, research on water waves and sediment transport, and engineering plans for small craft marinas, beach restoration, inlet improvement, and oceanfront manage ment solutions. His background includes considerable technical and sport diving ex perience, activity in theatrical arts, and a fond affinity for ships and the sea.
GERALD T. GIRVIN has been a long standing Great Lakes marine historian whose special interest has been the maritime history of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. A native of Rochester, New York, he has been able to apply his skills as a librarian to his pursuits as Curator of the Rochester Maritime Institute, of which he was a founder. An amateur photographer, chronicler and research enthusiast, he has devoted much of his time collating material on 19th Century Lake Ontario shipping, with a special interest in the Maple Leaf.
KEITH V. HOLLAND has an A.A. degree from Brevard College (Brevard, North Carolina), and attended Florida State University. In 1975, Dr. Holland graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, School of Dentistry and returned to Jacksonville to practice general dentistry with his father and brother.
BORIS W. KIRILLOFF is a naval architect and marine engineer with Bold Craft Engineering Corporation located in Jacksonville, Florida. He is co-founder and co-owner of Bold Craft Engineering which specializes in the conceptual design of vessels for various purposes such as commercial ferries, small cargo ships, private luxury vessels, and military craft. Mr. Kirilloff also oversees the construction of new vessels and the reconstruction of older ships. Notable projects include the design of the 192 foot, 40 million dollar yacht The Other Woman, the reconstruction and planning for the former Truman yacht Williamsburg, and the support craft for the deep diving research submarine Aluminaut during the Titanic Expedition. He is a sailor with five trans-Atlantics and one trans-Pacific under his belt, and accomplished pilot and is a PADI certified diver.
FRANCIS A. LORD has devoted his entire career to the study of the Civil War and is one of the pioneers in collecting Civil War artifacts. Today he is considered an expert on Civil War weapons and equipment as well as the tactics of the war. He has written ten major works on the Civil War. Dr. Lord served as an elected governor of the Company of Military Historians for many years; as an advisor to the national headquarters of the Civil War Cen tennial Commission; as a consulting editor of Civil War Times; and as a member of the Institute of Civil War Studies.
LEE B. MANLEY began work with the Maple Leaf project in 1986. With his extensive background in commercial diving, he was enlisted to develop the diving equipment and procedures being used in the recovery of artifacts from the Maple Leaf In 1989 after the first recovery of artifacts, he moved into the field of conservation and became the project director, conservator, and diving supervisor. Mr. Manley died in 1998.
RICHARD A. MARTIN is a former Jacksonville newspaperman. He is the author of several books, including The City Makers, Consolidation: The Dynamics of Urban Political Reform and A Century of Service: St. Luke's Hospital, 1873-1973. Martin, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida in history and education, also edited two facsimile reprints for the University of Florida Press, including T. Frederick Davis' History of Jacksonville, Florida and Vicinity, 1513 to 1924.
JAMES J. MILLER, Ph.D., is the State Archaeologist and Chief, Bureau of Archaeological Research, for the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Dr. Miller has a Ph.D. and a M.C.P. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. degree from Duke University, a B.A. degree with honors from Florida State University. Prior to his current position, he was founder and president of Cultural Resource Management, Inc., an archaeological consulting firm. He has authored numerous professional publications and articles on various aspects of archaeology over the past 12 years.
JAMES F. MOSELEY is a partner in the Jacksonville, Florida, law firm of Taylor, Moseley and Joyner. He received his B.A. from The Citadel, 1958, and his J.D. from the University of Florida, College of Law, 1961. He served two years in the United States Army at the U.S. Army Infantry School as a legal officer before being honorably dis charged as Captain, U.S.A.R. He is Past President of the Jacksonville Bar Association and Past Chairman of the Florida Council of Bar Presidents, and the Florida Bar Admiralty Committee. He presently serves on the Advisory Committee on Local Rules for the Middle District of Florida.
ERIK J. OLSEN, P.E., served as Permit Agent for the numerous permits and easements required by State and Federal regulatory agencies necessary to perform salvage operations on the Maple Leaf. As Principal Engineer for the coastal engineering firm of Olsen Associates, Inc., Mr. Olsen is frequently involved as an engineer in the design and permitting of dredge and fill operations for marinas, beach restoration projects, naviga tion works, etc. He is likewise an active sailor, boater and rower on the St. Johns River.
D. K. RYBERG was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and attended public schools there. Graduated from Syracuse University after having served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. Retired from Welch Foods Inc., as Vice President, Personnel. Having resided in Chautauqua County, N.Y. for many years, he has acquired a deep interest in regiments in which men from the county participated dur ing the Civil War, in particular, the 112th Infantry, know as "The Chautauqua Regiment". Currently, he is in the antique business, with emphasis on Civil War artifacts.
JAMES W. TOWART graduated from the Cornell University, College of Engineering in 1951, and then served two years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and is now retired from a 33 year professional and business career. As an avocation he has been a student of history for 40 years, with particular interest in the Civil War. He is also a collector of Civil War books and artifacts.
JERRY V. WITT retired from the Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps in 1989, after over 30 years' service, the last ten of which were in the grade of Colonel. During that time he held positions of Deputy Legal Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, VA. Immediately preceding his retirement, he supervised the Army's two hundred criminal defense lawyers as Chief, U.S. Army Trial Defense Service. He is now studying for an advanced degree in history, and his book, Escape from the Maple Leaf is due to be published later this year. His great grandfather's brother, Col. Allan Rufus Witt, was one of those who escaped from the Maple Leaf.