Parks Stephenson is a historian, documentarian and explorer. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and career Naval Flight Officer, he has served aboard submarines, aircraft carriers and amphibious ships. After retiring from the Navy, Parks worked as a Naval Systems Engineer and spent 17 years building combat systems for naval ships and integrated command-and-control systems for national defense.
Parks’ interest in Titanic started when he saw the 1953 film Titanic and reading A Night to Remember. He went on to become a contributing member of the Marine Forensic Panel (SD-7), charted by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) to evaluate the forensic evidence of shipwrecks, like Titanic. Parks also has a keen interest in Titanic’s Marconi wireless telegraph apparatus, and his authorship of the two monographs caught the attention of filmmaker James Cameron.
In 2001, Cameron hired Parks as a technical advisor for his film, Ghosts of the Abyss. Parks also contributed text and computer-generated 3D models to the film’s companion book. Cameron brought him back in 2005 for his “Last Mysteries of the Titanic” expedition, where Parks fine-tuned the use of CG models as forensic tools in the continuing exploration of the wreck’s interior. In 2013, Parks co-authored and illustrated a book with James Cameron about Cameron’s Titanic expeditions.
Parks was the Field Producer for the History Channel for the 2010 RMST/WHOI Titanic Expedition, the first to fully map the entire wreck site. He has also been a technical/historical advisor for a number of television and film productions that cover a wide range of historical topics ranging from Titanic to World War 2.