A note to those interested in financially supporting RIMAP's work:
PLEASE NOTE THAT AT PRESENT RIMAP
DOES NOT TAKE DONATIONS VIA ANY WEBSITE
BUT WE ARE WORKING ON IT!
RIMAP is an approved 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, so our
donors may take the legal tax deduction based on US federal law.
Please contact us at email@example.com for further details.
REPORT ON THE ENDEAVOUR MEETING:
The need for an artifact management facility and the next phase of research
10 a.m., Wednesday May
the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission
Old State House, 150 Benefit Street, Providence, RI.
With a small grant to RIMAP from the Australian National Maritime Museum, we saw documents in January that has added to the historical backgrounds of the ships sunk in Newport in 1778. We now know the names of the 5 ships (out of the fleet of 13 scuttled transports) that were sent to one area of Newport harbor. Among those 5 was the Lord Sandwich ex Endeavour. In
its previous work RIMAP had already mapped 9 of the vessels that were in the
fleet, and when the document told where the group of 5 was sent, we realized we had
already mapped 4 of them. With a further review of RIMAP's remote sensing data, there is a promising area where the 5th site might be, and the planned 2016
fieldwork should determine if she exists. So if that 5th site is found, there will
have a 100% chance that the Endeavour is still there. If that last one isn't found, then there is still an 80% chance that she exists
among the 4 we have already mapped.
Next RIMAP will have to do
the very expensive work to determine which site is which ship, and possibly
determine which one is the Lord Sandwich ex Endeavour.
That means comparing the historical materials assembled about each
vessel with what is seen in the archaeological sites. Such increasingly intense
fieldwork is very expensive and RIMAP must also have a lab for artifact management
and data analysis. That will be an even bigger expense than the cost of
supporting the fieldwork to study the sites. So at the same time RIMAP is pursuing its various research investigations, there is also a capital campaign to develop its facility.
A couple of years ago RIMAP published a poster (see below) to show the preliminary maps done of 8 Newport Harbor
archaeological sites. Four of those maps are for sites located in the area now known where the Lord Sandwich was sent. The poster is out of
print, and needs to be updated because last year RIMAP mapped the 9th site. But this first poster
was immediately picked up by Google, which means that anyone who looked at it
online there, too, was possibly already looking at a site map of the Endeavour.
Some have asked if there
is a plan to raise the vessel, but that is an even more expensive proposition,
not only the technical challenges to get it up and the greater expenses for the
preservation, study, and presentation of the object, but whatever planning is
done must include the fact that it will be a perpetual responsibility.
As with most things, how
all of this progresses will depend on funding. So please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to help.
COULD ONE OF THESE SITES BE THE ENDEAVOUR?
THE RIMAP TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR 2016
trainees must be RIMAP members.
2016 RIMAP classes will be held in the Masonic
Hall, 39 Baker St. Warren, RI, 02885.
(This building is reputedly built from
timbers salvaged from Revolutionary War ships sunk in Rhode Island!)
* Pre-registration is
recommended. Confirmation and further details will be sent by snail mail.
Please copy and fill out
the form below and mail it with a check made out to RIMAP:
RIMAP, Box 1492, Newport,
Or contact us at
email@example.com to ask for an emailed copy
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Please sign me up for the following 2016 classes:
_____ Saturday Mar. 12 (9-4) - Introduction
to Marine Archaeology ($50): Instructor Kathy Abbass. How marine
archaeologists work, including remote sensing, field methods, legal issues,
field documentation, and RIMAP protocols. Open to the general public; required
for RIMAP volunteer participation.
Mar. 19 (9-12) - Site Mapping I ($25): Instructors Kerry Lynch, Kim
Smith. How to
collect and interpret archaeological data. Introduces the selection of a site
datum, installation of baselines, linear, circular, and pendulum searches.
Mar. 19 (1-4) - Site Mapping II ($25): Instructor Kerry Lynch, Kim Smith. Introduces
the installation of grids and drawing from them. Both classes demonstrate how
to interpret field data and create simple site maps. Recommended for those
who participate in diving fieldwork.
Apr. 2 (9-12) - Museum Theory & RIMAP's plans for Butts
Hill Fort ($25): Instructors Elliott Caldwell, Kathy Abbass. Ethics
and museum management. Also introduces what RIMAP will need to know as we
build an artifact management facility and museum.
_____ Saturday Apr. 2 (1-4) - Rhode Island in the
Revolution ($25): Instructor Kathy
Abbass. Why RI
was pivotal to Patriot success in the Revolution, and what RIMAP is doing to
share that history with the public.
Apr. 16 (9-12) Traditional Ship Construction ($25): Instructor Kathy Abbass. What
marine archaeologists need to know about how boats are built to interpret
historic shipwreck sites.
Apr. 16 (1-4) - Measured Drawing for Archaeologists ($25): Instructor
Charles Kovach. How to
prepare professional quality drawings of archaeological specimens for general
documentation and publication. Recommended for those interested to help
with RIMAP's artifact collection.
May 7 (9-12) - Sharing Shipwrecks
($25): Instructor Joy
Elvin. Underwater preserves and other ways to enjoy our submerged
cultural heritage. Why that is important and how it relates to the public.
_____ Saturday May 7 (1-4) - Star Trek and Capt.
Cook ($25): Instructors Kathy Abbass, Joe Zarzynski. How
the original Star Trek story was based on Capt. James Cook's 18th-century exploits.
Includes discussion the many parallels and how the media translates reality
_____ Saturday May 21 (9-12) - Submerged Terrestrial
Archaeology ($25): Instructors Kerry Lynch, Dave Robinson, Charlotte Taylor. A panel
discussion of prehistoric sites to be found in Rhode Island waters, and what
marine archaeology contributes to their understanding.
_____ Saturday May 21 (1-4) - How Stone Tools are
Made ($25): Instructor Tim Ives. The
basics of this early technology, how the
tools are made, how they are used, and what they can tell us about early
June 11 (9-4) - Introduction
to Marine Archaeology ($50): Second offering in 2016.
July 16 (9-4) - Introduction to
Marine Archaeology ($50): Third offering in 2016 (To be held in Warwick at the Steamships Historical Society of America facility, 2500 Post Road).
__X__ 2016 RIMAP Dues ($25) If
not already paid for 2016
Diver ___ Non-diver ___
TENTATIVE 2016 FIELDWORK SCHEDULE
Applications will be sent to qualified RIMAP volunteers.
For further information contact us at:
(401) 253-2094 ~ or ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
June 25 - Newport: Check out dive at Brenton
Cove boat ramp for RIMAP-trained volunteer scuba divers new to the program. Non-divers
encouraged to observe.
July 9 - Bristol: Check out dive at
Independence Park boat ramp for RIMAP-trained volunteer scuba divers new to the
program. Non-divers encouraged to observe.
Jul. 19-23 - Warwick: To monitor conditions of the
two "Not the Gaspee" sites mapped
in 2015. This will be non-diving work, but feet will get wet and possibly muddy
on the 2' deep walk from shore to the sites in Occupassetuxet Cove. Some
volunteers also needed who can snorkel, to determine context around the known
sites and determine presence of suspected other shipwrecks nearby. Open to all
Aug. 3-9 - Newport: To map disturbance and damage
to an early 20th-century US Army marine railway at Fort Adams State Park,
Newport. Less than 40' deep shore dive and may be used as RIMAP check-out dive.
Possible further work in Brenton Cove, less than 30' deep shore dives, to
create first RIMAP recommended shipwreck preserve. Open to all RIMAP-trained
volunteer divers with basic Open Water skills. Non-diving on-shore team support
Sept. TBA - Newport: Continued work on 18th-century Newport
Harbor transport fleet. Less than 60' deep from the research vessel for RIMAP-trained
volunteers who are experienced divers, with special recommendation that each complete
RIMAP's Site Mapping classes. Previous RIMAP fieldwork experience or advanced
standing is required for participation. Limited space available for non-diving
Intermittent Statewide: RIMAP also documents unidentified
bits of shipwrecks that emerge at times around Rhode Island shores. This is triage
archaeology because the structures are usually quickly covered after they are
exposed. RIMAP-trained volunteers are on call for such unpredictable work.
2016 PAST CALENDAR
RIMAP ANNUAL MEETING: Saturday, January 9, 2016
3-4 p.m., Town Council Chambers, Portsmouth Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road, Portsouth, RI
Agenda included: General business meeting, Review of 2015 activities and 2016 plans, Volunteer awards
Thanks again for your support !
A possible RIMAP future ?
More news to come. Please contact us for information about our long-range plans !
The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project is a not-for-profit membership organization that trains volunteers to conduct maritime history and marine archaeology research under professional direction. The RIMAP professional staff also offers a wide range of cultural resource management services to serve commercial needs.
Please contact us to join our volunteer corps, or to find out more about staff specialties:
RIMAP, Box 1492
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: (401) 253-2094 is our landline.
We also use Skype.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RIMAP
Marine archaeology is usually thought to be the study of shipwrecks, and Rhode Island has lost more vessels per square mile than any other state. However, marine archaeology also studies ship technologies, the social structures of the crews on board, and the history of the economic systems on land that supported those ships and crews.
RIMAP has studied many of these lost vessels, including sailing ships, steamships, and naval ships. Of special interest have been those lost in our state during the American Revolution. Every event in that war had a maritime component because one side or the other, and sometimes both, had to travel by water to meet.
RIMAP has also studied many of the marine industries found along our shores, as well as the inland sources of raw materials, labor, and capital that supported those industries. Our work has been available in local libraries, and through RIMAP's publications.
Rhode Island is called the "Ocean State" because every local community contributed to the state's maritime past. You will find a lot of such Rhode Island stories on this website. If you are interested to help RIMAP tell more of them, then please join us!
Note: Our training and research activities are open to the public, but those under 18 years old should be aware that this project is not designed for youth. Instead, our focus is the adult audience committed to history and historic preservation, and participation for our younger volunteers requires the presence of a parent or guardian.
RIMAP wishes to thank the following companies and organizations for their generous support over the past 20+ years:
Aquidneck Island Connect
Aquidneck Marine Conservation
Aquidneck Mooring Company
Australian National Maritime Museum
Bateaux Below, Inc.
Bay State Integrated Technology, Inc.
Department of Defense Legacy Fund
East Bay Diving
Island Boat Services
John Carter Brown Library
John Nicholas Brown House
Marine Search and Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
National Park Service Battlefield Protection Program
Naval Station Newport
Naval Undersea Warfare Center
Newport Diving Center
Newport Historical Society
Ocean State Scuba
RI Committee for the Humanities
RI Sea Grant
RI Historic Preservation and
Roger Williams University
Salve Regina University
Small Business Computers
University of Rhode Island
And all our loyal RIMAP donors and volunteers!
ABOUT THIS WEBSITE: The www.rimap.org website is hosted by Bay State Integrated Technology, Inc., courtesy of Robert Borges. All text and graphic layouts by D. K. Abbass (RIMAP Executive Director and Principal Investigator) and all is copyrighted as the intellectual property of the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project. Illustration credits are given in the "Sources" or in specific sections. Please give credit to RIMAP if you use our information.
WEBSITE CONTENTS: (Please click on these titles, or the buttons above, to find the information listed for each page. Note that the longer pages with many illustrations may take a few seconds to load.)
General Introduction and Contacts
News and Coming Events
RIMAP Mission and Goals
Fact Sheet on Rhode Island in the Revolution
Fact Sheet on RIMAP and Butt's Hill Fort
See also "Director's Cuts" for more.
About the ENDEAVOUR
FAQs about the Search for ENDEAVOUR
An essay to explain the legal protections on the transport fleet
Suggested Bibliographies and Sources for Illustrations
All about RIMAP's past activities