Session Preview: Keynote Speaker – Dr. Ray Ashley

Leading up to Early Registration for our Annual Conference, I’ll be posting session previews.

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San Salvador

Keynote Speaker

Raymond Ashley, Ph.D.
President and CEO, San Diego Maritime Museum

Ray Ashley

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 tall ship Californian, steam yacht Medea, and Pilot.

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