Captain Cook's HMS Endeavor Found in Newport

Researchers believe they have found the wreckage of the HMS Endeavour, vessel of legendary British explorer, James Cook.

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The HMS Endeavor off the coast of New Holland, by Samuel Atkins c.1794National Library of Australia

Researchers believe they have found the wreckage of the HMS Endeavour, vessel of legendary British explorer, James Cook.

Cook commanded the ship from 1768 to 1771 on his famous voyage mapping the uncharted waters of the south Pacific Ocean, but for years its whereabouts have remained a mystery.

After exploring far-flung lands the boat passed through a number of different hands before it was renamed the Lord Sandwich and used in America's revolutionary war.

"Lord Sandwich was the first lord of the admiralty at the time so the name makes sense -- a nod by its private owner," Dr Kathy Abbass, the executive director of Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, a not-for-profit organization set up in 1992 set up to study the area's maritime history, told CNN. A replica of the HMS Endeavour, which has existed for 20 years after a lengthy build process.

"We know from its size, dimension and these records that the Sandwich was the Endeavour."

Now the Rhode Island Marine Archeology Project (RIMP) says it has managed to identify the wreckage of the Lord Sandwich in Newport harbor, off the state of Rhode Island.

Read the rest of the news report here, and find out more about the project and the efforts to locate Captain Cook's ship at the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project's website here..