HMS Endeavour has potentially been discovered

22 September, 2018, 04:51 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Hunt for famed 'Endeavour' ship could be nearing an end

Archaeologists from the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) and the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) will release a 3D photogrammetric image of the site at the official announcement in the United States later this week.

But the Guardian sounds a note of caution, quoting the director of the Australian National Maritime Museum as saying a confirmation has not yet happened, and that divers are retrieving timber samples that will hopefully provide verification that the ship is British in origin.

Cook's Endeavour was the first European vessel to reach the west coast of Australia, setting in motion events that culminated in the British colonization.

The British Royal Navy later sold the vessel, which was renamed Lord Sandwich.

Records of the transport ships were discovered in the 1990s.


Since then, marine archaeologists have been trying to identify the wreck, narrowing the search to five out of 13 wrecks in Newport Harbor.

The most promising site is located in an area just off the Goat Island shore, near Gurneys Resort, RIMAP said. Scientists are not sure what condition the wreck will be in once it is extracted. The ship is historically significant to many countries - including the US, Britain, New Zealand and Australia - and its excavation could spark a battle over where the wreckage should be housed. Remarkably, the Endeavour rounded the Cape of Good Hope, at the southernmost tip of Africa, and made its way back to the British-occupied island of Saint Helena, almost three years after it had departed England. The U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavour is named after the ship.

Marine archaeologists are expected to announce a breakthrough in the 25-year search for the historic vessel on Friday. The news has raised hopes that the remains will be excavated next year in time for the 250th anniversary of Cook's arrival to Australia, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. A statue of Cook in Sydney's Hyde Park was vandalized previous year with graffiti reading "no pride in genocide" and "change the date", referring to Australia Day, which celebrates the day the Union Flag went up at Sydney Cove to establish a British penal colony.

The Endeavour's visit to Australia and resultant British colonization resulted in utter disaster for indigenous peoples, with the population suffering massively from the introduction of foreign diseases, displacement, and ethnic cleansing by white settlers. He never returned from the islands, and was killed at Kealakekua Bay, on what is now called the Big Island of Hawaii.

Cook's expedition to Alaska, aboard the ship the Resolution, was years after his travels with the Endeavour.

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