Jim Jenney, a marine historian, wreck diver, speaker, and author of nine books and numerous articles on the subject of maritime history (particularly relating to shipwrecks) is a native Rhode Islander currently living in Kissimmee, Florida. For almost sixty years he has been actively searching for and researching the waters of Rhode Island and elsewhere for shipwrecks. From his first book, “In Search of Shipwrecks” to his latest, “Naval Disasters in Rhode Island, 300 Years of Military Misfortune” his sole interest has been focused on maritime disasters. Beginning in 2008, and with the cooperation of the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, he has been engaged in researching a complete study of all maritime disasters of the state of Rhode Island from the first year of its existence to present day. A collection of wreck data sheets covering more than 2,500 incidents has already been prepared and is available at Beavertail for public access to our history and the project is far from complete. Recognized as perhaps the foremost historian in this field, he is actively engaged in that continuing project during his retirement.
The Online Review of Rhode Island History has been formed to promote the state's wonderful history. We intend to offer a variety of articles intended for a popular audience, but with an eye for accuracy over legend. We hope to make the state’s history interesting and fun, and eventually create an impressive archive of articles for both readers and researchers. We want to publish articles on narrative history, but also want to cover newly-published books on Rhode Island history, as well as Rhode Island history sites, artifacts, architecture, and historic preservation.