Deborah Whitcraft , 2011
First certified in 1971, Deb became a diving instructor in 1974. She established two shops,Triton Divers and Inner Space Divers, and operated charter boats Deborah C." and "Black Whale". Through her maritime history columns for newspapers and boating magazines as well as countless public presentations Deb has stressed the importance of preserving this unique part of our nation’s heritage. In 1982 Deb partnered with Mel Fisher to lobby in Washington D.C. against legislation H.R. 132 created to ban the recovery of artifacts by divers from historic shipwreck sites. She lives her dream as President and Curator of the non-profit "Museum of New Jersey Maritime History" housing an extraordinary collection and offering year-round presentations to visitors from all over the world. ."