Welcome to the Web site of William S. Dudley, historian and maritime heritage consultant. Long associated with the naval and maritime history of Maryland, Bill currently serves in leadership positions with the Maryland Historical Society, the Naval Historical Foundation, and Sea History magazine. He is the historian general of the Naval Order of the United States.
The Naval War of 1812: America's Second War of Independence is his most recent work. It follows Maritime Maryland, his extensive study of the Chesapeake and the growth of Maryland and its peoples.