Meet the Team

houseThe company is owned by John and Carla Clifford. John was born and raised in the Midwest and in 1979 left home to join the Air Force. He spent 6 years in the military and moved on to work with Lockheed on the Space Shuttle program and then moved into the Insurance business. In the spring of 2002 he started a full time antique business that grew into Big Ship Salvage. Today he spends a lot of his time buying inventory for the warehouse and vending at some of the larger nautical related shows up and down the East Coast. You may even catch him on the other end of the phone if you call in to place an order. In the fall of 2012 he built a new warehouse operation and ended up planting new roots just outside of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Carla met John in High School and enjoys horses and painting. She has been involved with Big Ship Salvage since day one, but plays a more involved role since the business moved to the new warehouse operation in South Carolina. Carla manages the packing and shipping of orders, takes orders, and does most of the day-to-day clerical duties of the office. Gary runs the workshop and also helps pack all the orders. Zoe is the guard dog that only comes by for a treat and back scratch, but she lets us know when you are here!