File photo of Crew members sit atop the masts of a replica of the famous 18th-century ship The Endeavour in Botany Bay. (REUTERS/David Gray) (REUTERS)
Archaeologists believe they have found the final resting place of Captain James Cook’s ship HMS Endeavour on the east coast of America.
The possible discovery of the ship Cook sailed to Australia could solve one of the greatest ever maritime mysteries.
Archaeologists from the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (Rimap) think that they are the final resting place of the famous ship, which carried Cook to Australia in 1770.
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The ship was later used in the American war of independence, where it was sunk, together with 12 other ships, from Newport, Rhode Island in August 1778, to act as a blockage.
There are now plans to try and dig the sunken ship next year – the 250th anniversary of his arrival in Oz, depending on Age.
Britain could stake a claim for the wreck is located in the united kingdom.
The breakthrough will be officially announced on Friday after a 25-year search for the exploration ship off the coast of Rhode Island, to the north-east of US.
Australian National Maritime Museum, and Rimap release of the 3D images of the wreck.
They think that it is located near Goat island, a small Island in the Narragansett Bay.
Kathy Abbass, director of the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, told Fairfax Media: “We can say that We think we know what it is.
“It’s exciting, we are going to close.
“This is a ship that is important to people all over the world.”
Divers are currently trying to confirm whether one of the five shipwrecks in the vicinity is the Aim.
The ship is made of oak and pine in the north of England and is under the waves for more than 200 years.
Scientists are not sure what the condition of the wreck will be once it is extracted from the seabed.
The Rhode Island historical preservation and Heritage Commission is now the custodian of the wrecks.
The U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavour is named after the ship.
The Endeavour made it into the history books as the first European ship to reach the east coast of Australia at what is now called Botany Bay.
About a month after his return, Cook was promoted to the rank of Commander.
In November 1771, he was sent on a second expedition aboard the HMS Resolution.
He was killed during an altercation with Hawaiians at Kealakekua Bay on 14 February 1779.
This story originally appeared in The Sun.