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Shipwrecks seen as international tourism draw for Portsmouth

By   /  October 18, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

Kathy Abbass, executive director of the Rhode Island Marine Archeology Project (RIMAP), leads a tour of Fort Butts back in May. RIMAP is proposing to build a maritime museum and major archeological research facility on the property.

PORTSMOUTH — Teaching about shipwrecks and how to salvage historical marine artifacts would be the key to a successful marine archeology center at Fort Butts, Rhode Island’s director of tourism said this week. “If your museum becomes a teaching place … I think that’s where your money is,” said Mark Brodeur, state director of tourism at […]

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‘Trailblazing’ Black Regiment remembered in Portsmouth

By   /  August 26, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

Brian Jean, David Cunningham and Coy Bethune (from left) of the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment stand at attention during the ceremonies at Patriot Park Sunday afternoon.

PORTSMOUTH — Alan Hoffman took out a throwback Brooklyn Dodgers cap and placed it on his head. In doing so, the Harvard Law School grad, who grew up in Brooklyn, was making a comparison between the “Black Regiment” Continental Army unit that fought here during the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Rhode Island and a certain ballplayer […]

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