Wrecked Whaler ID’d

I’m always on the lookout for shipwreck news from my home state: Rhode Island. EastBayRI reported this week that a wreck from the mid-nineteenth century “half buried in the much and sand of an Argentinian bay could be the remains of a whaling vessel that was built in and sailed out of Warren [Rhode Island] during the waning years of American whaling.”

Archaeologists from Argentina’s National Institute of Anthropology believe the 80-foot section of wreckage to be the remains of the 110-foot whaling bark Dolphin, which wrecked in 1858. Apparently no artifacts remain so investigators have focused on studying nineteenth-century shipbuilding techniques.

For more about the wreck, the investigation, and the role of Warren, Rhode Island, in the story of American whaling read this great article.

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