George Schwarz, an underwater archaeologist with Naval History and Heritage Command, and Charlie Buffum survey the potential wreck site of USS Revenge in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Watch Hill, R.I., Dec. 7, 2015. The site was first discovered by local divers Charlie Buffum, Craig Harger, and Mike Fournier in August 2005. With the use of Buffum’s 20-ft fishing boat, the team towed NHHC’s marine magnetometer, an instrument capable of detecting ferrous materials on the seafloor by recording variations in the magnetic field. These variations can indicate the presence of iron artifacts such as cannon, anchors, shot, ballast, and other objects that might otherwise be undetectable in sonar surveys. Revenge, a schooner commanded by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, ran aground on Jan. 9, 1811 in heavy fog. Buffum and Craig Harger discovered the possible Revenge wreck in August 2005. (U.S. Navy photo by Heather Brown/Released)
NHHC Participates in Archaeological Survey of Suspected USS Revenge Site
Photos and blog by Blair Atcheson, Heather Brown and George Schwarz, Ph.D, Naval History and Heritage Command
Naval History and Heritage Command’s Underwater Archaeology Branch participated in a follow-up survey on a suspected War of 1812 vessel off the coast of Watch Hill, R.I. Dec. 7-8, 2015. Below are photos and information about the expedition.
NHHC archaeologists Blair Atcheson, Heather Brown, and George Schwarz, Ph.D., joined local divers Charlie Buffum and Craig Harger who, along with Mike Fournier, discovered the wreck in August 2005. The objective of the project was to collect archaeological remote-sensing data over a site tentatively identified as Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’sschooner USS Revenge. It was more than two centuries ago when the Revenge hit a reef and sunk just off the coast of Rhode Island. The schooner ran aground on Jan. 9, 1811 while returning to New London.
For more information about the survey, check out this story here.