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HMS Endeavour may have been found in the US

September 19, 2018 | Comment icon 4 comments



Captain Cook's iconic vessel has been found at last. Image Credit: Thomas Luny
The final resting place of one of the world's most famous ships has reportedly been found after 240 years.
Believed to have been scuttled by the British military along with 12 other ships in 1778, the historic vessel's precise resting place has long remained something of a mystery.

She became famous after Captain Cook sailed her on his voyage to the "unknown southern land" between 1768 and 1771. She was the first ship ever to reach the east coast of Australia.

Now following a concerted search effort by a team of archaeologists and divers from the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project and the Australian National Maritime Museum, the wreckage of the HMS Endeavour has reportedly been discovered at the bottom of Newport Harbor.
The ship, which remains a significant historical treasure to several countries including Australia, the UK and New Zealand, was previously claimed alongside all the other wrecks in the region by the Rhode Island state government back in 1999, suggesting that Australian officials may need to negotiate should they wish to return the vessel to Australia.

It had been hoped that the vessel would be found in time for the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's first historic voyage to the Pacific next year.

Further details of the find, including a 3D map of the site, are expected to be revealed on Friday.

Source: Brisbane Times | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Carlos Allende 3 years ago
Wow. Going to be tough hauling it back home through Wootton Basset high street. BUT I'LL STILL BE THERE SALUTING.
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer 3 years ago
Hopefully the US won't be helping to pay to recover it.  Yes, high historical value, just not ours.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Black Monk 3 years ago
That's debateable. It's in American waters.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Black Monk 3 years ago
The famed South Pacific voyage by James Cook and his crew in HMS Endeavour (1768–71) resulted in huge advances in European scientific knowledge, an important milestone in what became known as the 'Age of Reason'. But how much is known about the famous ship in which the crew sailed? As news emerges that the mystery of the final resting place of HMS Endeavour may have finally been solved, Peter Moore shares five facts about the first European vessel to reach the east coast of what’s now known as Australia… https://www.historyextra.com/period/georgian/hms-endeavour-captain-cook-where-sunk-austral... [More]


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