NEWPORT, R.I. — A marine archaeologist is hoping to find and recover the wreck of Capt. James Cook’s famous ship the Endeavor in Newport Harbor.
D.K. Abbass, the founder of the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, tells the Providence Journal she believes the ship may be among eight 18th-century shipwrecks the project has mapped in the area.
The Endeavor, which Cook sailed to Australia in 1770, was scuttled by the British in 1778 as part of its blockade of Narragansett Bay.
Abbass will be putting on an educational presentation in Providence on Sunday. She is trying to raise $300,000 to develop the project.
The group also hopes to build a marine-preservation laboratory and museum, which would be used to preserve artifacts from the Endeavour and other wrecks. (source)
VANCOUVER A rare First Nations artifact worth about $1.2 million has been returned to British Columbia after more than 230 years.
The ceremonial club, which was carved from yew wood in the shape of a hand holding a sphere, was presented by the Nuu-chah-nulth people of Vancouver Island to explorer Capt. James Cook in 1778.
It was recently bought through a private dealer in New York and donated to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of B.C.
The club was the last remaining object from Cook’s personal collection not housed in a museum, and it will be the only such item to be on public display in Canada. Read more.