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2017 RIMAP Fieldwork Schedule


  • All RIMAP volunteers must be 2017 members, have completed the proper requirements, and agree to RIMAP policies.
  • All RIMAP volunteers must apply for, and be approved, prior to participation in each session.
  • Closer to the dates, RIMAP will send detailed instructions to each volunteer about daily schedules and specific responsibilities.
  • Media coverage is by appointment only.
  • Contact RIMAP at for further information.
  • To apply for the required training, use the form in the section below.

Thursday July 20 to Tuesday 24: "Not the Gaspee" Project, Occupessatuxet Cove, Warwick

Requirements: Completion of RIMAP's Intro class required; RIMAP Site Mapping and Ship Construction classes recommended.

Volunteers must be able to walk up and down stairs, and cross ankle-deep water for the 1/4 mile trek from the shore to Greene Island.

DescriptionContinued non-diving, non-disturbance surveys of the remains of two unidentified vessels, one along the shore and one embedded in Greene Island. Daily schedules to be limited to moon low tides.

Trained non-fieldwork support team members encouraged.

Intermittent days TBA in August: Current condition studies of the "Submerged Cultural Resources off Fort Adams State Park," Inner Harbor, Newport

Requirements: Completion of RIMAP's Intro class required; RIMAP Site Mapping and Ship Construction classes recommended.

Proper scuba certification and equipment required for divers; Some snorkeling possible.

Description: Revisits to determine changes in previously studied sites and features off the shores of Fort Adams State Park; planned mapping of an as yet undocumented site.  

Specific dates determined by team availability.

Trained non-fieldwork support team members encouraged.

Monday September 11 to Friday September 29: Revolutionary War British Transport Study, Outer Harbor, Newport

Requirements: Completion of RIMAP's Intro class required; RIMAP Site Mapping, Ship Construction, RI in the Revolution, and Cook/Endeavour classes highly recommended.

This fieldwork is limited to the most experienced RIMAP volunteer scuba divers.

Description: Continued survey of the Limited Study Area, mapping of an 18th-century ship site discovered in 2017, and mapping of any newly discovered sites.

There may be limited slots for trained non-fieldwork support team members.

Fieldwork related to other projects elsewhere in the state may emerge, with such RIMAP activities TBA.​

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To be held at the Steamship Historical Society of America, 2500 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886:

Saturday May 13 (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. Cancelled - please sign up for the June 24 session.

Saturday May 20 (9-12) - 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.

Saturday May 20 (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. 
Saturday May 27 (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 May 27 (1-4) - Sharing Shipwrecks ($25): Instructor Joy Elvin - Interpreting submerged cultural resources and ways to enjoy our underwater heritage. Why that is important and how it relates to the public's interest in our maritime past.

To be held at the Masonic Hall, 39 Baker St. Warren, RI, 02885:

Saturday June 10  (9-12) - Site Mapping I ($25): Instructors Kerry Lynch - How to collect and interpret archaeological data. Introduces the selection of a site datum, installation of baselines, linear, circular, and pendulum searches. Recommended for those who participate in RIMAP fieldwork. Rescheduled to early September.

Saturday June 10 (1-4) - Site Mapping II ($25): Instructor Kerry Lynch - Introduces the installation of grids and drawing from them. Both Site Mapping classes demonstrate how to interpret field data and create simple site maps. Recommended for those who participate in RIMAP fieldwork. Rescheduled to early September.​

NEW!  Saturday June 17 (9-12) Cook and the Endeavour Bark in Rhode Island ($25): The history of the man and his ship, the history of RIMAP's related studies, and what they can mean for Rhode Island.  

Saturday June 17 (1-4) Traditional Ship Construction ($25): Instructor Kathy Abbass - What marine archaeologists need to know about how boats are built to interpret historic shipwreck sites.  

Saturday June 24 (9-4) -  Introduction to Marine Archaeology ($50): Second offering in 2016. (Last chance for new members to be trained for volunteer participation.)

  • Download the complete application using this button: 2017 Application.doc2017 Application.doc​
  • ​All trainees must be RIMAP members ($25 for 2017).
  • Pre-registration is recommended at least three days before each class. 
  • Confirmation and further details will be sent by snail or email.
  • Make checks out to RIMAP, and send the completed form to RIMAP, Box 1492, Newport, RI 02840.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

The RIMAP membership approved the 2017 Budget, reviewed project progress, and elected two new board members (now listed on the "About RIMAP" page). The 2016 volunteers were recognized and those who attended received their patches with the embroidered RIMAP logo. Jeremy Wilmes was honored as the "2016 Volunteer of the Year." 

The attendees viewed the premier of the RIMAP YouTube video that describes some of our past work and our future hopes. Then Board President Elliott Caldwell pushed the button for the site to go live at:



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2017 RIMAP memberships are due on January 1. Please use the forms under the "Participate" button. 
Our 2017 class schedule will be posted once it is finalized. And please watch for that, too!
We will soon install a PayPal button to make easy payments online.


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, pl ease 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:  RIMAP's 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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Please check out the List on the "Sales" page.
And some downloads are found embedded in selected essays about special topics.

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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 Massachusett, Amherst
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 (free and for sale)
Other marketing
About RIMAP's past activities
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