Paul Clancy has been a journalist for over forty years, part of the
time in Washington where he covered national politics and wrote
biographies about Watergate Chairman Sam Ervin and House Speaker
Tip O'Neill. He worked for The Charlotte Observer, USA Today and
The Washington Star. When the Star folded in 1981, Clancy
co-founded a weekly newspaper, The Reston Connection, which
expanded into a small chain of Fairfax County weeklies that
In 1993, Clancy moved to Norfolk and became editor of Calypso Log, the magazine of the Cousteau Society. He wrote extensively for the magazine, from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to crushing poverty in Haiti. He traveled with Jacques Cousteau to Madagascar and wrote about conditions there. In the mid-nineties Clancy went to work for The Virginian-Pilot, covering water-related issues - sailing adventures, diving, sunken treasure and sunken ships, to mention a few. His coverage of the excavation of the turret of the ironclad ship Monitor led to his writing Ironclad: The Epic Battle, Calamitous Loss, and Historic Recovery of the USS Monitor.
In 2007, he began writing Our Stories, a weekly column on local history for the newspaper. He touched on the history of just about everything, from the first settlement at Jamestown to the last burlesque house in Norfolk, from naval heroes to prize fighters. Recently, History Press published Hampton Roads Chronicles, a collection of these columns. He has also written Historic Hampton Roads: Where America Began.
Paul Clancy works and lives in Norfolk Virginia with his wife, Barbara.
"Ironclad is a fascinating glimpse into our nation's history--an
engrossing story of heroism, human ingenuity, and intrigue wrapped
in a great adventure."
-Kevin F. McMurray, author, Deep Descent and Dark Descent
"Paul Clancy's masterful investigation into the recovery of the Monitor is a thrilling re-creation, making for a satisfying story of men--and women--on the high seas."
-Peter Nichols, author, A Voyage for Madmen and Evolution's Captain
"Ironclad is solid history written in riveting, heart-pounding prose."
-John B. Hightower, President & CEO, The Mariner's Museum
Paul Clancy s masterful investigation into the recovery of the Monitor is a thrilling re-creation, making for a satisfying story of men and women on the high seas.
Peter Nichols, author, A Voyage for Madmen and Evolution s Captain
Ironclad is solid history written in riveting, heart-pounding prose.
John B. Hightower, President & CEO, The Mariner s Museum