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The HMS Gaspee Archaeology Study: An Exhibit Opening
October 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) will open an exhibit of the archaeological study to find HMS Gaspee, the small Royal Navy ship that had been burned by Patriots in 1772. With generous local funding in 2021 the RIMAP study conducted a preliminary side scan study of the area south of Gaspee Point and in 2022 further remote sensing all around the spit at Gaspee Point generated few targets to indicate that presence of an historic shipwreck there. In 2022 and 2023 RIMAP divers and the shore team investigated selected areas of the water and the dunes around the spit and again results were inconclusive. The survey will continue in 2024, but there is now enough data to understand the natural and human processes along this Warwick shoreline, and especially why the Gaspee has been so difficult to find. The small archaeology exhibit at the Warwick Public Library will share the results of this research, and the exhibit opening on October 28 will be free and open to the public.