John Paul Jones and Filey Bay

Local Historical Advisor 
Michael Fearon M.Sc.
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James Hodgson
 Cultural Resource Management
Donald G Shomette


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Bonhomme Richard Survey - Project Bethany

The project is a joint Anglo-American underwater archaeological investigation of a major 18th century shipwreck, possibly the remains of Captain John Paul Jones's famed Continental Navy warship the Bonhomme Richard of the American War for Independence, which began in Filey Bay off the town of Filey, North Yorkshire, England. The investigation is being conducted by the Filey Underwater Research Unit [FURU], led by John Adams, The Filey Bay Initiative who have provided substantial resources to the project are in partnership with FURU, the British maritime archaeologist Peter Pritchard, American marine archaeologist, historian, and author Donald G Shomette, an elite team of American underwater archaeologists from the U.S. National Park Service's Submerged Cultural Resource Centre, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and researchers from the National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C. and  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

These are the first underwater pictures of the wreck site to be published by kind permission and are in the copyright of the Submerged Cultural Resource Centre (SCRC) and Tony Green.

Reproduction is forbidden without the permission of the owners of the pictures.

A diver surveying the Filey site
Submerged Cultural Resource Center
Broken metal tube believed to be a hawse pipe
Submerged Cultural Resource Center
Beam recess into the inner face of the hull
Submerged Cultural Resource Center
A sheave and block inset into the inn face of the hull
Submerged Cultural Resource Center

Whiteware artefact
Tony Green