J. Richard Steffy

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John Richard Steffy (May 1, 1924 Lancaster, Pennsylvania – November 29, 2007 Bryan, Texas) was an American nautical archaeologist.[1]

He attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He taught at University of Pennsylvania. He founded the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, with Michael L. Katzev, and George Bass.[2] He was Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University, and creator of the Ship Reconstruction Laboratory.[3][4][5]

He married Lucille Koch Steffy, (died in 1991).



  • Wooden Ship Building and the Interpretation of Shipwrecks, College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1994. ISBN 978-1-86176-104-0


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