Norman Brouwer is a freelance maritime historian living in Guilford, Connecticut. A native of Michigan, he pursued a nautical career, serving in the Navy as an enlisted man, and in the Merchant Marine as a deck officer following graduation from the Maine Maritime Academy. For over thirty years he was maritime historian and librarian of the South Street Seaport Museum in New York. During that time, he also completed three editions of the International Register of Historic Ships, traveling throughout the world to visit and photograph these vessels, and led three expeditions to the Falkland Islands to record and stabilize the remains of 19th century sailing ships surviving there. Since moving to Connecticut in 2009 he has served as a volunteer in the Mystic Seaport Museum historic photo collections, and as a consultant on their marine painting collection. A specialist in the story of both sailing vessels and steamboats of the 19th and 20th centuries, his latest book was the 2014 illustrated history Steamboats on Long Island Sound.