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