Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Hector Williams

Maritime Archaeologist
Hector Williams
Hector Williams was raised in Churchill, Manitoba, the “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” and worked for various northern agencies like the Hudson's Bay Company, the Northern Service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Department of Northern Affairs before deciding to move to warmer climes and become a classical archaeologist. He has maintained an interest in the north, its history, and its archaeology and has published several articles on Arctic Canada. He is currently working on Jens Munk, a Danish mariner who wintered near the mouth of the Churchill River in 1619-20. He has taught Greek, Roman, and maritime archaeology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and has been President of the Archaeological Institute of America/Canada as well as President of the Vancouver Maritime Museum Society. He directs UBC's archaeological projects in Greece at Mytilene and Stymphalos and has also worked on various other excavations in both Greece and Turkey. He has lectured on numerous trips for Zeghram in the Mediterranean, Black Sea, down the coast of West Africa, in the Caribbean, and most recently down the west coast of South America.

Hector's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Chile & Peru: In the Wake of Humboldt & Darwin

    Chile & Peru: In the Wake of Humboldt & Darwin

    March 25April 11, 2016

    Covering 2,500 awe-inspiring miles, our journey along the rugged western coast of South America introduces travelers to huge concentrations of marine life and seabirds, as well as the region’s ancient ruins, mysterious geoglyphs, and colonial towns.

  • The Fabled Adriatic

    May 30June 11, 2016

    Your Adriatic and Ionian sea odyssey spans the millennia, from Paleothic times to Roman conquest, Byzantine era to Venetian dominance; pause to reflect on the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque treasures that we’ll discover.

  • Poland

    Baltic Odyssey: Germany, Denmark, Poland, Lithuania & Sweden

    July 14July 24, 2017

    Follow in the historic footsteps of explorers as you cruise down the legendary Thames River to the North Sea. Discover the scenic beauty of Bornholm Island; visit Visby, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once trading center of the Hanseatic League; and enjoy a daylight transit of the 61-mile Kiel Canal.

  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    Baltic Odyssey: Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Russia & Finland

    July 21July 30, 2017

    Discover the Hanseatic legacy of Riga, Tallinn, and Stockholm, all with rows of merchant houses, charming cobblestone streets, and medieval market squares. Spend two days in magnificent St. Petersburg, and visit Turku, Finland’s oldest city and historic capital.