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Also, 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. 
For further details, please contact us at 


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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. See the "About RIMAP" page for details and the "Participate" page for information about how to join and take our classes. Please contact us to find out more more details and information about our staff specialties:
Snail mail:
RIMAP, Box 1492
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: (401) 253-2094 is our landline.
We also use Skype.
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A possible RIMAP facility to feature Rhode Island maritime history 

and the Endeavour story?



RIMAP is in a long-term planning process to have a facility where the exciting and important stories of local maritime history (and the stories of local shipwrecks) may be shared with the public. The facility could be located anywhere in Rhode Island, but RIMAP's first choice is to be housed at Butts Hill Fort in Portsmouth, because of its importance to the Revolutionary War. For a sketch of our planning process, please download:
If you would like to help, please donate to RIMAP and mark your generosity "Capital Campaign.​"

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RIMAP has trademarked "Lord Sandwich Ex Endeavour" 
and its acronym "LSexE" is pronounced "El Sexy!"

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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.

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RIMAP wishes to thank the following companies and organizations for their generous support over the past 23+ years:
Aquidneck Island Connect
Aquidneck Marine Conservation
Aquidneck Mooring Company
Australian National Maritime Museum
Bateaux Below, Inc.
Bay State Integrated Technology, Inc.
Brown University
Department of Defense Legacy Fund
East Bay Diving
Hay Library
Island Boat Services
John Carter Brown Library
John Nicholas Brown House
Marine Search and Survey
National Embroidery
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
    Administration (NOAA)
National Park Service Battlefield Protection 
Naval Station Newport
Naval Undersea Warfare Center
Newport Diving Center
Newport Historical Society
Ocean State Scuba
PDQ Printing
Pet Sitters
Polaris Imaging
RI Committee for the Humanities
RI Sea Grant
RI Historic Preservation and
    Heritage Commission
Roger Williams University
Salve Regina University
Small Business Computers
Studio Paradiso
University of Rhode Island 

And all our loyal RIMAP donors and volunteers!  
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ABOUT THIS WEBSITE:  The 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 Supporters 
General Introduction
RIMAP Mission and Goals
RIMAP Leadershp 
General Introduction
Membership Form
Fieldwork Schedule 
General Introduction
Fact Sheet on Rhode Island in the Revolution
Fact Sheet on RIMAP and Butt's Hill Fort
Shipwreck Facts
General Introduction
FAQs about the Search for ENDEAVOUR
An essay to explain the legal protections on the transport fleet
Heritage Trails
Director's Cuts
Suggested Bibliographies and Sources for Illustrations
RIMAP publications
Other marketing
All about RIMAP's past activities​
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