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Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Beyond the Titanic: Shipwrecks, artifacts top Sea Grant/Cooperative Extension lecture

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. -- September 11, 2000 -- Discovery of a Titanic is the sort of world-class coup that rivets public attention on marine archaeology. But for one Titanic, there are hundreds and thousands of less celebrated ships buried in mystery beneath the waves. And some of them are very close to home.

Slave ships, rumrunners, British frigates from the Revolutionary War, World War II submarines-these are some of the vessels that lie below the surface of Rhode Island waters. Anthropologist D. K. Abbass will discuss the archaeological significance of these vessels and other underwater resources in a slide-lecture to be presented Wednesday, September 20, in the Coastal Institute Auditorium, University of Rhode Island Bay Campus, Narragansett. Her talk will run from 6 to 7 p.m. and will include video clips during a question-and-answer segment.

Abbass, founding director of the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP), has steered RIMAP through an extensive survey of Rhode Island's underwater resources, creating a database of shipwrecks to guide potential recovery efforts. Her ambitions lately focus on a search for the Endeavor, the vessel of Captain James Cook's historic 18th century journey of scientific exploration.

This is the final presentation of the summer community lecture series sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant and the URI Cooperative Extension/ Food Science and Nutrition program. Presenting Narragansett Bay from unusual vantage points, these monthly lectures were designed to offer a little of the taste, the history, and the adventure of Narragansett Bay.

The lecture is free, but seating is limited, so reservations are required. For reservations or more information, please call the Sea Grant Communications Office at (401) 874-6842.

For Information, Tony Corey, (401) 874-6844,


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