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 To those interested in financially supporting RIMAP's work:


Meanwhile, 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 for further details.
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The preliminary results of the fieldwork are found under the Capt. Cook tab of this website,
 and updates will be added as the data are analyzed. 

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Sept. 12 began the 2016 Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project's fieldwork in Newport Harbor, and it was completed on October 3. The Media Event announced our preliminary research findings at 10 a.m., Thursday morning, September 29. The original venue of the gazebo at the Goat Island Hyatt in Newport, Rhode Island was changed due to heavy cold winds, and the event was held nearby in the Tourism Center on America's Cup Avenue.

Speakers included RI State Marine Archaeologist Charlotte Taylor, RI Coastal Resources Management Council Chair Anne Livingston, RIMAP archaeological Field Supervisor Dr. Kerry Lynch, Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) Research Director and diver for this project Dr. Nigel Erskine, Tourism Director Evan Smith, and ANMM Executive Director Kevin Sumption.

In addition to the announcement of the archaeological results and the preliminary historical interpretation of that new information, the future protection of these irreplaceable 18th-century sites was discussed, and why that will be a paramount task for the state of Rhode Island as the archaeological work progresses. The sites will be marked with "No Anchor, No Dive" buoys to indicate that there should be no visition to these areas, but fishing, boating, anchoring, and diving elsewhere in the harbor are not restricted.

All those interested to participate in RIMAP's activities are encouraged to join the organization, take our training, and depending on personal skill/availability and RIMAP's particular needs/schedule, the public is invited to join in this, and all the other, exciting RIMAP research projects.



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More news to come. Please contact us for information about our long-range plans !

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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.

Please contact us to join our volunteer corps, or to find out more about 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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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 20+ 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
See also "Director's Cuts" for more.
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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