PREPARATION FOR 2019 THE EXCAVATION AT THE POTENTIAL ENDEAVOUR SITE
The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP), the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM), and the Silentworld Foundation (SWF) have again partnered to continue the study of a Newport (RI) Harbor shipwreck that may be
Following Capt. James Cook's first circumnavigation in the Endeavour, the Royal Navy sold the ship to a private owner, who renamed her the Lord Sandwich and sent her to carry British and Hessian troops to serve in the American Revolution. This
vessel was among a fleet of 13 vessels scuttled in Newport Harbor during the days leading up to the Battle of Rhode Island. In 2018 this combined research team identified one of these shipwrecks as the most likely to be that iconic vessel. To find
evidence to identify this particular site, the team will expose selected parts of the ship's structure, analyze and treat retrieved artifacts at the new conservation lab at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI, and identify timber and ballast samples.
The hope is that these results will be consistent with the known history of the Lord Sandwich ex Endeavour, a vessel that was built along the Yorkshire coast of England, that sailed around the world, that carried troops to Newport, that was used as a
prison ship in Newport harbor, and then was scuttled there in 1778.
The 2019 study will begin on August 22 and continue through September 11. The fieldwork is not open to the media, but progress reports and limited access will be granted on Tuesday, August 27 and on Tuesday, September 3. A summary of the
season's research results will be announced at a public event on Sunday, September 8, details of that time and place to be arranged. An hour-long documentary about the 2019 research, sponsored by a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation, will also
be issued by the end of the year.
Support for this year's fieldwork and the new lab has come from RIMAP members and donors, grants from the ANMM, and SWF private sponsors. To know more about these organizations, the team, and to support the project, please visit: rimap.org
, sea.museum, and silentworldfoundation.org.au.