PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Nearly 250 years ago, Capt. James Cook ran aground on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef during a voyage to the South Pacific to observe the planet Venus. His ship was the Endeavour, an ugly and awkward little vessel that improbably helped him become the first European to chart Australia’s east coast.
Today, schoolchildren in Australia learn about the Endeavour’s historic 1768-71 voyage. But few people give a second thought to what ultimately happened to the ship.
A marine archaeologist in Rhode Island thinks she knows. Read more.
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)
The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) is currently engaged in a multi-year search to locate and identify 13 British transport ships that sunk in Newport Harbor in 1778. The British navy scuttled the ships in an effort to blockade the French fleet that was threatening the city.
RIMAP is an organization that is interested in the state’s maritime history. Its goal is to locate, identify and study cultural resources in Rhode Island waters such as shipwrecks, debris fields, submerged man-made structures and inundated terrestrial sites. Such discoveries can include Native American watercraft and Colonial and Revolutionary war wreckage. It also studies local slaving, steamship and naval histories.
Carolyn Frank is a Jamestown resident who teaches history at Brown University. At one time she participated in RIMAP wreck dives, including those in Newport Harbor, and she has followed the progress of the search since that time. Read more.