2016 John Lyman Book Awards

2016 Lyman Award Winners

Presented at NASOH’s annual conference: May 17, 2017



Paul Fontenoy (chair), North Carolina Maritime Museums

Christine Keiner, Rochester Institute of Technology

Bill Flayhart, University of Delaware (emeritus)

Josh Smith, US Merchant Marine Academy

Dave Winkler, Naval Historical Foundation


Canadian Naval and Maritime History

Winner: Joel Zemel, Scapegoat: The Extraordinary Legal Proceedings Following the 1917 Halifax Explosion, New World Publishing (Canada)


U.S. Naval History

Winner: Paul E. Pedisich, Congress Buys a Navy: Politics, Economics, and the Rise of American Naval Power, 1881-1921, Naval Institute Press


U.S. Naval History

Honorable Mention: Lisle A. Rose, America’s Sailors in the Great War: Seas, Skies, and Submarines, University of Missouri Press


U.S. Maritime History

Winner: Donald Grady Shomette, Privateers of the Revolution: War on the New Jersey Coast, 1775-1783, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.


U.S. Maritime History

Honorable Mention: Lee Van Der Voo, The Fish Market: Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate, St. Martin’s Press


Naval and Maritime Science and Technology

Winners: Jennifer Hubbard, David J. Wildish, & Robert L. Stephenson, A Century of Maritime Science: The St. Andrews Biological Station, University of Toronto Press


Naval and Maritime Science and Technology

Honorable Mention: William Barr, tr. & ed., Emil Bessels’ Polaris: The Chief Scientist’s Recollections of the American North Pole Expedition 1871-1873, University of Calgary Press


Naval and Maritime Reference Works and Published Primary Sources

Winner: Rebecca Huycke Ellison, Daniel O.Killman’s Forty Years Master: A Life in Sail & Steam, Texas A&M University Press




Naval and Maritime Reference Works and Published Primary Sources

Honorable Mention: Jun Kimura, Archaeology of East Asian Shipbuilding, University Press of Florida


Naval and Maritime Biography and Autobiography

Winner: Tamara Plakins Thornton, Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life, University of North Carolina Press