The medal is awarded annually by the Society for Nautical Research to a book on maritime history published during the previous year covering any aspect of maritime history. (Archaeology, biography, economy, exploration, hydrography, industry, oceanography, science, shipbuilding, strategy, etc).
This year the Society chose McCartney's book 'Jutland 1916: the Archeology of a Battlefield'.
Humbled beyond words. A great honour
During the ceremony at the National Maritime Museum Innes McCartney stated "I am humbled beyond words to have been awarded the Anderson Medal.
My studies at Jutland were very much a collaborative effort with the likes of the Sea War Museum Jutland, so as much credit must also go to Gert Normann Andersen for making the ground breaking wreck surveys possible, and to countless others who have helped me over the last seventeen years."
The Anderson Medal
The medal is named after Dr Roger Charles Anderson. He was a distinguished naval scholar and founder member of the Society for Nautical Research.
The Society for Nautical Research
The SNR was founded in 1910 to encourage "research into matters relating to seafaring and shipbuilding in all ages among all nations, into the language and customs of the sea, and into other subjects of nautical interest." It plays a major role in promoting international scholarship in naval and maritime history through offering research grants and by funding conferences, lectures and other activities with a nautical theme.