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Ocean wreck explorers touch base
Ocean explorers are visiting Bridlington ahead of a planned search for the wreck of a sunken US warship.

Officials from a foundation in Connecticut will meet the Bridlington Regeneration Partnership on Friday.

They plan to search this summer for the wreck of the Bonhomme Richard, a warship which sank during the Battle of Flamborough Head in 1779.

The visit to Bridlington has been arranged by the partnership in conjunction with East Riding Council.

The visitors - from the Ocean Technology Foundation - will tour Bridlington and Flamborough Head to familiarise themselves with the area and see local heritage sites.

Famous captain

Bonhomme Richard was captained by John Paul Jones, who is regarded as the father of the US Navy.

David Dowson, chairman of Bridlington Regeneration Partnership, said: "This is a great opportunity. Locating the remains of this wreck has potential to be of international visitor interest, which fits superbly with our regeneration plans for the town."

The honorary flagships for the expedition will be the US Navy's amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, named after the famous wreck, and guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones, named after the old warship's captain.

Martyn Coltman, chairman of the Bridlington renaissance town team and a member of the regeneration partnership, said: "The search for this famous ship is a fantastic opportunity which the town cannot afford to pass by.

"I would like to offer support in any way that can benefit the expedition, which would also contribute to our heritage and place in history."

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