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Captain Cook’s Ship has been found as per experts

Tue 08 Feb 2022    
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As per Australian investigators, Captain Cook’s ship has been found and the discovery is a historical moment. 

The Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) stated in a wreck in Newport Harbour, off Rhode Island in the US, was Captain James Cook’s HMS Endeavour.

The British-built ship first set out from Plymouth in England, going on to sail for several years around the South Pacific. 

It was used by Captain Cook to chart New Zealand and Australia between 1768 and 1771, with the British explorer claiming the region for the British crown – despite the fact it was already home to large communities of indigenous people. 

After the ship was brought back to Britain, it was renamed Lord Sandwich II and became a troop carrier. 

In 1778, it was then sunk with 12 other vessels off Rhode Island, having been scuttled by the Navy to form a blockade of the Narragansett Bay during the American War of Independence. 

Investigators now believe they have found the precise location of the ship following a 22-year search, saying the dimensions, structure, shape and construction of the wreck suggest it is the remains of Endeavour.

While further testing is needed, Kevin Sumption, Director and CEO of the Australian National Maritime Museum, said he is happy with the ‘archival and archaeological evidence so far. 

He said, “I am satisfied that this is the final resting place of one of the most important and contentious vessels in Australia’s maritime history. Since 1999, we have been investigating several 18th-century shipwrecks in a two square mile area where we believed that Endeavour sank, however, the last pieces of the puzzle had to be confirmed before I felt able to make this call. Based on archival and archaeological evidence, I’m convinced it’s the Endeavour. It’s an important historical moment, as this vessel’s role in exploration, astronomy and science applies not just to Australia, but also to Aotearoa New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Although only around 15 per cent of the vessel remains, the focus is now on what can be done to protect and preserve it. The museum continues to work closely with maritime experts in Rhode Island and of course with the Australian, Rhode Island and US Governments to secure the site.” 

Sumption also praised the ‘combined efforts’ involved in the identification of the wreck, noting the work of Dr Kathy Abbass and her team at the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP). 

Source: Agencies

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