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Researchers lower an underwater robot into Block Island Sound off the Westerly, R.I., coast Wednesday, to explore a shipwreck thought to be the USS Revenge, commanded by navy hero Oliver Hazard Perry.

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Researchers probe 200-year-old shipwreck off RI

For two centuries it rested a mile from shore, shrouded by a treacherous reef from the pleasure boaters and beachgoers who haunt New England’s southern coast.

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