Archaeological Discovery in Newport Harbor

Archaeologists from the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project recently announced that they have discovered what they believe to be the wreckage of the HMS Endeavour, the ship commanded by British Captain James Cook during his exploration of the Pacific Ocean from 1768 to 1771.

In addition to its role as a vessel of exploration, the HMS Endeavour also played a role in the naval conflict of the American Revolution. The HMS Endeavour, later named the Lord Sandwich in 1772, was one of the British ships that met the French fleet in the naval action preceding the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778. The Lord Sandwich sunk off the coast of Rhode Island, but its exact location was left unknown for over two hundred years.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project now claims to have identified the remains of the ship off the coast of Newport.

For more information, visit the following references:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/02/living/endeavour-wreckage-found/

http://www.rimap.org/SitePages/Home.aspx

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/05/hms-endeavour/480972/

https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/war-for-independence/timeline-terms/battle-rhode-island

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