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The Steamer Rhode Island ran aground in Narragansett Bay on  November 6, 1880.  A New York Times article reported the incident. The ship soon broke up and became a total loss. Over the years, the wreck has yielded an interesting variety of artifacts. In November 1980, a group of divers gathered at the site to commemorate the centennial of the sinking. The pictures below tell part of the Rhode Island's story.

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Steamer Rhode Island
the pride of the line
(Mystic Seaport Museum)
New York Times
November 7, 1880
(Author's collection)
Rhode Island wreck
November 1880
(Peabody Essex Museum)
Centennial dive crew
November 1980
(Photo by author)
Centennial dive artifacts
November 1980
(Photo by author)
Divers descend cliff
to wreck site
(Photo by author)
ri-capstan.JPG (30913 bytes) ri-snowsuits.JPG (30640 bytes) ri-stencil.JPG (34219 bytes)
Mike LaMarre displays
the capstan cover
(Photo by author)
Hearty divers
on a winter outing
(Photo by author)
This brass stencil
survived for 100 years
(Photo by author)
ri-silverware.JPG (43103 bytes) ri-lock.JPG (39212 bytes)
Part of broken
cabin sink
(Photo by author)
Rhode Island silverware
Stonington Steamship Co.
(Photo by author)
Lock from Rhode Island
(Photo by author)

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