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Diving for the USS Revenge

January 17, 2019

In 1811, the USS Revenge, a 70-foot 14-gun schooner under the command of then naval Lieutenant Oliver Hazard Perry, hit a reef off the coast of Watch Hill, RI during a heavy fog and was lost. Fast forward to the early 2000s, when local brewery owner Charles Buffum reads Perry’s letter to his squadron commander describing the incident. Using historical clues and their own equipment and skills, Buffum and fellow local diving enthusiast, Craig Harger, begin searching for the wreck themselves. In 2005, the pair discovered a cannon they believed matched the time period of the wreckage. In the years that followed, Buffum and Harger have been working with the US Navy to further search the area and uncover more artifacts.

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