Ship Graveyards & Uncovering Our Maritime Heritage

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JOIN US on Thursday, March 17 

 

Rhode Island’s Largest Ship Graveyard

What began as a preliminary survey in 2013 to remove hazardous and ‘ugly’ debris from the Seekonk and Providence rivers, turned into the discovery of “Rhode Island’s largest ship graveyard” with the finding of 26 late 19th and early 20th-century vessels near Bold Point.

SS Mount Hope, largest passenger steamboat

David Robinson, a marine archaeologist at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, will discuss the value of these historic vessels – including two iconic steamships, Mount Hope and Bay Queen – and the implications for Providence Harbor.

The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

Mallows Bay, a small embayment on the Potomac River in Maryland, has nearly 100 skeletons of WWI-era wooden steamboats. It is considered the largest ship graveyard in the western hemisphere and has become the focus for nation’s first National Marine Sanctuary in more than 20 years.

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Dr. Susan Langley, Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist, will be discussing the history of these watercraft and how they ended up in Maryland, as well as how the site serves the area now, which may offer ideas about what could be for Rhode Island.

When: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 4–6:00 p.m.
Where: Coastal Institute Auditorium | URI Narragansett Bay Campus (directions)

RSVP
Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP or contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at 401-874-6805. For more information visit our website.

This series is sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant with support from the Coastal Institute, the Graduate School of Oceanography, and the College of the Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. 

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