Captain Cook’s Ship Still Likely in Newport Harbor, Researchers Say
Researchers at the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) said in a press conference Wednesday, they have not yet positively identified the remains of Captain James Cook’s ship the Endeavor in Newport Harbor. However, they said there is an 80-100% chance they may have already stumbled upon the wreckage.
This announcement came after years of speculation about the ship’s final resting place. The elusive ship has been missing for more than two centuries. It was believed to have sunk in Newport Rhode Island in 1778 during the time of the American Revolutionary War.
The former British Royal Navy research vessel was used as a transport ship at the time of its sinking. During his time as commander of the Endeavor, Captain Cook sailed across the Pacific and around the globe to exotic places such as Australia, Tahiti and Hawaii collecting scientific data.
“Rhode Island has a larger fleet of sunken Revolutionary war ships than any other U.S. state,” according to the RIMAP.
According to their website, today is “Rhode Island’s 240th birthday because it is the anniversary of the Rhode Island Colonial legislature’s disavowal of loyalty to the King of England on May 4, 1776.” If the wreckage is in fact the Endeavor, marine archeologists hope to continue excavating and investigating the site over the next year.