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Press Conference announcing the discovery of 17th-Century shipwreck in Scarborough Harbour, Tobago

Dr. Kroum Batchvarov, head of the Rockley Bay Research Project, to announce discovery of a 17th-Century shipwreck in Scarborough Harbour, Tobago

In partnership with the government of Trinidad & Tobago and the Tobago House of Assembly, Dr. Batchvarov, assistant professor of maritime archaeology at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Anthropology and the Maritime Studies Programme, and affiliated scholar of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, has been leading a multi-phased investigation to find and study the remains of the vessels that were sunk in the 1677 Battle of Tobago, one of the fiercest actions fought in the Caribbean in the 17th century.

This past March, Dr. Batchvarov and his team including Jason Paterniti FN'10 and Douglas Inglis TM '13 carrying Club Flag #117, located a 17th century shipwreck off the coast of Tobago. Based on the material discovered, this could be the 340 year-old remains of Huis de Kreuningen, one of the 12 vessels that were sunk on March 3, 1677 in what is now known as Scarborough Harbour.

Martin Perschler, program director of the U.S. State Department’s Ambassadors Fund For Cultural Preservation (AFCP), has also been invited to announce the award of Trinidad and Tobago’s first AFCP grant to the Institute of Nautical Archeology for the Rockley Bay Research Project. This grant will be used to help finance the cost of conserving the endangered archaeological material recovered from the site as well as to help build long term local capacity. All artifacts raised will be conserved in the recently completed conservation facility and will remain the property of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

Map of the Battle of Scarborough Harbour, 1677

About Dr Batchvarov
In addition to his work in Tobago, Batchvarov is one of the world’s leading experts on the Swedish warship, Vasa, which sank in Stockholm Harbor in 1628. He has worked on Ottoman, Ancient Greek, Phoenician, American and English ships, and has recently been invited to participate in an international collaboration that will study ships of state from 1300 to 1800. Batchvarov will concentrate on 17th-century shipbuilding technology development. He is also the only person to have successfully excavated a Black Sea shipwreck.

Date: 11/03/2014

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

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This event is free and open to the public. Please call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to secure a place at the announcement.

Top photo: Dr Kroum Batchvarov holding a late 17th century clay pipe fragment discovered at site TRB-5 in Tobago. Photo by Douglas Inglis TM’13

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