John Paul Jones and Filey Bay


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  Michael Fearon M.Sc.    James Hodgson Donald G Shomette

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A look at the main organisations searching for the wreck of Bonhomme Richard

The Filey Underwater Research Unit

FURU have worked on the Filey Bay site for a number of years and their work is covered elsewhere on these pages and when updates are received.   In 2009 FURU received a major amount of grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Filey Town Council in connection with the investigation into the wooden wreck conjectured to be Bonhomme Richard.  This has enabled them to move from a hand to mouth existence to a comparatively secure base on which to continue their work .  Adams still holds the licence under The Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 from the Secretary of State to dive on the site and work continues today.

Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler and his organisation NUMA have been searching in the North Sea for many years.  Originally using Bridlington as a base for his operations, he has moved to Whitby Whitby in recent times.  Not much is known about his operation other than the postings on his website, but he is known to favour an offshore location for the wreck of the Bonhomme Richard.

Ocean Technology Foundation

Another organisation known to believe the wreck to be in an offshore location. OTF with their representative Melissa Ryan and Naval archaeologist Robert Neyland have visited the Yorkshire coast employing the most sophisticated equipment available.  2010 sees OTF working in conjunction with the US Hydrographic Survey vessel Henson  and an element of the French NavyOTF have an excellent website in which they detail the work that they have completed to date and have offered assistance to the Filey Bay Initiative if required.

Peter Reavely

No mention of organisations searching for the Bonhomme Richard would be complete by acknowledging the work completed by Peter Reavely.  Peter has devoted much of his life to detailed analytical research of the Battle of Flamborough Head and his detailed battle plans are widely referred to today. From the early days of searching offshore with the famous Welsh archaeologist Sidney Wignall to the current searches by OTF, Peter has figured in them all, mostly as a major partner.

Don Shomette

Don Shomette and his work is covered elsewhere in these pages, however it has to be said that there is no greater friend  to Filey than Don.  He has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the local project and for the community and has donated a substantial amount of personal resource over the years.  Don has donated a considerable amount of his resources and expertise under his organisation, Cultural Resource Management, Dunkirk, Maryland .  We can not thank Don enough for his generous and invaluable work.

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