Captain Cook's 'Endeavour' may have been found off US coast

Hunt for famed 'Endeavour' ship could be nearing an end

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project began to try to map and identify those remains starting in the early 1990s, and eventually figured out that the Lord Sandwich was the same ship as the HMS Endeavour.

United States and Australian archaeologists hunting for Captain Cook's HMS Endeavour may have finally discovered its location on the east coast of America.

Peter Dexler, chair of the Australian National Maritime Museum, will attend the event unveiling the location on Friday, along with Australian consul general Alaistair Walton, according to CNN affiliate 9 News. The Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission is now the custodian of the shipwrecks.

"We can say we think we know which one it is", Kathy Abbass, director of RIMAP, told Fairfax Media, speaking ahead of the official update.

If the discovery of the Endeavour is confirmed, it will likely set off a bout of diplomatic wrangling over which country gets to keep and display the remains of the ship, if it can be safely retrieved and transported. She met her end in 1778, when she was intentionally sunk as part of a blockade against American-allied French warships off Newport, Rhode Island. They made it to Tahiti in April 1769, in time to document the Venus Transit, and pressed on, mapping and exploring New Zealand and various Pacific islands along the way.

More than two centuries ago, the British Royal Navy purchased a 4-year-old merchant ship with a flat-bottomed hull that was ideal for transporting cargo.

The discovery of the Endeavour comes as Australia is preparing for the 250th anniversary of its landing. "It is exciting. We are closing in".

"In a statement on their website, RIMAP said: "[we have] identified a possible site in Newport Harbour that might be the Lord Sandwich ex Endeavour".

It should be noted that this ship, despite its impressive "career" (around the world cook and the expedition to the shores of Australia and New Zealand), was later "reduced in rank" and became a freighter.

To Australians, however, the Endeavour was the ship sailed by Lieutenant (later Captain) Cook along the east coast of Australia to the northernmost tip of Cape York Peninsula where, on August 22, 1770, he raised the British flag and declared he was taking possession, in the name of Britain's King George III, of the whole eastern coast of what he called New South Wales.

There were 13 potential vessels that could have been the Endeavour but after extensive mapping the search has recently narrowed to possibly "one or two archaeological sites", RIMAP said in a press release.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

IPhone XS teardown shows few changes aside from the battery
Unveiled at the IFA 2018 conference last month, Motorola One Power is one of the first phones with notch display from Motorola. The Singapore sales launch of the latest iPhone XS at the Apple Store in Orchard Road on Friday, 21 September 2018.

Messi hat-trick, Reds, Inter late wins mark start of Champions League
What the boys make of the match plan is extraordinarily outstanding to be honest, one of them a yard less tonight and game over. The 2017 Champions League Runners-up took the lead when Daniel Sturridge scored with a thumping header in the 30th minute.

5 people, including 3 infants, stabbed at NYC daycare
Five people were stabbed, including three infants, at a day care in New York City early Friday morning, according to police. Antonetti said that the attacker, who has not yet been publicly identified, then slashed her own wrists.

Meghan Markle beats Kate Middleton with first solo royal engagement milestone
You know what they say: You can take the grandmother out of the queen , but you can't take the queen out of the grandmother.

Online Sports Betting Market Growth
Benefits With the market high, sports betting is an activity that receives a high level of support from online betting companies. More betters are opting to forego the long lines at the cashier's counter and the unavailability of their favorite machines.

Other news