Researchers Probe 200-Year-Old Shipwreck off Rhode Island Coast
Oliver Hazard Perry standing on front of small boat after abandoning his flagship, the Lawrence at the Battle of Lake Erie. Photo source: Edward Percy Moran.
The USS Revenge, under the command of Oliver Hazard Perry, was charting coastal waters and harbours near Newport, Rhode Island, New London, Connecticut, and Gardiners Bay, Long Island, New York. On 9 January 1811, she ran aground on a reef off of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, while attempting to navigate a hazardous stretch of water known as ‘The Race’ in heavy fog. Captions: Wikipedia
For two centuries it rested a mile from shore, shrouded by a treacherous reef from the pleasure boaters and beachgoers who haunt New England’s southern coast.
Now, researchers from the U.S. Navy are hoping to confirm what the men who discovered the wreck believe: that the sunken ship off the coast of Rhode Island is the USS Revenge, commanded by Oliver Hazard Perry and lost on a stormy January day in 1811…