On Wednesday October 19th Dr. Kathy Abbass of the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) spoke to a capacity crowd of enthusiasts and scholars at the Rogers Free Library in Bristol and many people watching via a zoom link. The lecture was sponsored by the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society and the Battle of Rhode Island Association. Members of the audience included the Rhode Island Historian Laureate, Dr. Patrick Conley, whose Heritage Harbor Foundation has been a supporter of the Battle of Rhode Island Association, Dr. John Concannon of the Gaspee Days organization, and several members of the RIMAP project.
Dr Abbass highlighted the large number of maritime incidents in Narragansett Bay, leading up to the War for Independence, and during the British Occupation, notably during the 1778 Rhode Island Campaign. She emphasized that for a complete understanding of the Battle of Rhode Island, the maritime actions must be included in the story.