The study group of the Maritime archaeological project of Rhode island (RIMAP) was sure that "endeavour" was sunk in the Harbor of Newport, Rhode island, in 1778. Now, however, researchers of the project have narrowed down the place of the search to the cluster of five shipwrecks.
Now the group plans to study this cluster of artifacts, which can be found on the sunken ships.
In addition, researchers are asked to provide funding for construction of premises where raised from the oceans day artifacts will be stored in proper conditions.
"All 13 ships that sank in Newport during the Revolution, are of great importance to American history, however, if RIMAP will be able to identify the ship "Lord Sandwich", who was called "endeavour", it will be a national day for Australia," — reads the statement of the study group.
Maritime archaeological project of Rhode island was created in 1992 as a nonprofit organization. Its objective is to acquaint the wide public with results of research in the field of Maritime history and archaeological finds in the ocean. The main place of exploration and research — Narragansett Bay.
Captain James cook in 1768 sailed on the ship "endeavour", built in the County of Yorkshire. In 1770 he arrived to the South-East coast of Australia and eventually came to shore at botany Bay.
Later, cook declared the land belonging to the British crown, despite a large indigenous community that occupied the land. After returning to Britain, the ship was renamed the "Lord Sandwich" and became the vessel for the transport of troops.
During the war of independence of the USA was sunk by the British Navy during the blockade Narragansett Bay. The wreckage of the ship has not since been found, however, RIMAP has found 13 of the sunken ships with the help of special equipment and the information contained in historical documents.
According to these data, the probability that flooded the "Lord Sandwich" is at the bottom of Newport Harbor, is from 80 to 100%.
"And since the "Lord Sandwich" was "Endeavour" captain cook's, we found what you were looking for," reads the statement of the study group.
The group plans to announce its plans for the further search of the ship Wednesday. This statement will coincide with the celebration of the 240-th anniversary of ads Rhode island independence from Britain.
The members of the research team believe that the discovery "one of the most important ships in world history will become an unusual gift to all residents of Rhode island".