Marine archaeologists believe they have identified the resting place of HMB Endeavor, the ship James Cook sent to Australia on his first voyage of discovery, an achievement that would solve one of the greatest maritime mysteries of all time.

The discovery leads to hopes that the ship’s remains will be excavated in 2019, in time for the 250th anniversary of Cook’s arrival in Australia. The ship is historically important to many countries, including the United States.

Director of the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, Kathy Abbass, spoke to Fairfax Media:

“We can say we think we know which one it is. It is exciting, we are closing in. This is a vessel that is significant to people around the world, including Australia.

Now that RIMAP [Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project] and the ANMM [Australian National Maritime Museum] have identified a possible site in Newport Harbor that might be the Lord Sandwich ex Endeavour, the detailed work must begin to prove it. Therefore, fundraising is ongoing for the artifact management facility needed to process, store, and display the artifacts that will emerge from the planned 2019 excavation.”

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