About the author

Joseph A. Williams is a librarian, archivist, and historian holding master’s degrees in American History and Library and Information Science from Queens College. He worked for several years as the head of the collections and assistant director of SUNY Maritime College’s Stephen B. Luce Library which specializes in nautical research. Currently, he is the Deputy Director of the Greenwich Library (CT).

Joseph has published in the fields of maritime history and librarianship including articles in scholarly journals, popular sea history magazines, trade publications, and chapters in anthologies. His work has also been presented at national and regional conferences and symposia.  His first book, Four Years Before the Mast, is a history of SUNY Maritime College, the nation’s oldest maritime training school. His second book, Seventeen Fathoms Deep, is a narrative history concerning the 1927 submarine S-4 disaster.  His third book, The Sunken Gold, is the story of the recovery of gold bullion aboard HMS “Laurentic” during and after the First World War.

Joseph may be contacted at historybythebook@gmail.com

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