Wednesday 29 March 2017

Legendary explorer James Cook's ship may have been found

Rhode Island's Newport Harbour. Photo: Google maps
Rhode Island's Newport Harbour. Photo: Google maps

Researchers are set to announce that they believe the famed ship used by the legendary explorer Captain James Cook to sail around the world is submerged somewhere in Rhode Island's Newport Harbour.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project will announce on Wednesday that it is 80 to 100% sure that the remains of the HMS Endeavour - later renamed the Lord Sandwich - is among sunken wrecks off the state's coast.

The group used documents in London to map and then analyse sites where the ship may be found in the harbour.

The Endeavour was used by Captain James Cook to claim Australia for the British. It was one of 13 vessels sunk by British soldiers when Newport was under siege in 1778.

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