Photo of HM Bark Endeavour Replica at the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney, Australia. Photo Credit: Ryan Belmore / What's Up Newp

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) announced today that they will kick off the 2019 season with a media event 9:00-10:00 am on Sunday April 28, at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol.

The event will announce plans for its 2019 fieldwork, especially the “Search for Endeavour” project in nearby Newport Harbor, the “Not the Gaspee” study in Warwick, and various other of RIMAP’s ongoing investigations.

According to RIMAP, participating in these announcements will be:

Kevin Sumption PSM, Director and CEO of the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Sumption will discuss that museum’s ongoing partnership in RIMAP’s efforts to identify the Endeavour in Newport Harbor, the vessel so significant to Australia’s European history.

Charlotte Taylor, an archaeologist with the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (author of Rhode Island Shipwrecks by Acadia Publishing), will address Rhode Island’s need to protect the state’s historic cultural and archaeological resources, including local shipwrecks.

D. K. (Kathy) Abbass, Ph.D., RIMAP’s Executive Director, will discuss the planned 2019 fieldwork in on the potential Endeavour site in Newport Harbor, and will.

According to RIMAP, the event will also;

Announce the award  of a Herman H. Rose grant through the Rhode Island Foundation, for RIMAP and StandStillPictures to create an hour-long educational documentary about the “Search for Endeavour” study, to be released at the end of the year.

Of particular note will be the announcement that RIMAP plans to have a triage artifact management station on Goat Island during the “Search for Endeavour” study, sponsored by Gurney’s Resort. This station will conduct the preliminary studies of any artifacts or samples retrieved from the potential Endeavour study in Newport Harbor, and will also act as a “living exhibit” to share the excitement of that fieldwork with the visiting public.

And of special interest will be the announcement that RIMAP is also creating a permanent artifact management facility at the Herreshoff Marine Museum to conserve, store, and potentially display the waterlogged artifacts and samples retrieved from local marine archaeology studies that will also provide a service to other archaeologists throughout the region.

For further information about the media event, please see the RIMAP website at:

The 9 a.m. event is free and open to the public.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in...