LISTEN: Marine Archaeologist Explains How They’re ‘Closing In’ on Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour off Rhode Island Coast

A replica of The HMS Endeavour. Photo courtesy of the Australian National Maritime Museum
Australian National Maritime Museum
Washington, DC

Dr. Kathy Abbass of the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) joined Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon to day to discuss RIMAP’s efforts to close in on the location of Captain James Cook’s legendary ship the HMS Endeavour, which was scuttled in 1778 just off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island, in Narragansett Bay.

“I can tell you that we are closing in on finding the site,” Abbass told Bannon. “We have identified an area of Newport Harbor where we know she was sent. And we know that five ships were sent there. And we know the five names of the ships, and one of the names was Lord Sandwich, and Lord Sandwich was the Endeavour. We have maps of four of those sites already, and we think we know where number five is. And depending on whether or not we have four or five, we have a pretty good chance that we already have found her. The next step is being able to figure our which site is which ship and then proving that it actually is the Endeavour.”

As a previous report on the RIMAP’s efforts noted:

British explorer Captain James Cook’s legendary HMS Endeavour, lost at sea centuries ago, may have been discovered off the coast of Rhode Island by a group of researchers.

Cook, who made the first accurate map of the Pacific, commanded the ship from 1768 to 1771 while he mapped uncharted waters off the south Pacific Ocean. The ship was later used in the American Revolutionary War after being renamed the Lord Sandwich.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project is set to announce that there is an 80 percent to 100 percent chance the Lord Sandwich, formerly known as the HMS Endeavour, is off the coast of Rhode Island’s Newport Harbor.

“We know from its size, dimension and these records that the Sandwich was the Endeavour,” Dr. Kathy Abbass, executive director of the research group, told CNN. “Lord Sandwich was the first lord of the admiralty at the time so the name makes sense — a nod by its private owner.”

When asked to explain the importance of Captain Cook, Abbass said, “Captain Cook was the man who explored more of the world than anybody else in History. He added more to what we know about the globe and what we know is not on the globe than anybody else and this was all done in the 1700’s.”

More information on the discovery here:

Researchers believe the ship that legendary explorer Captain James Cook used to sail around the world is still submerged somewhere in Rhode Island’s Newport Harbor.

The Endeavour was part of a fleet of 13 ships the British scuttled during the Revolutionary War in 1778 to blockade the port. The roughly 100-foot vessel had been listed in records under a different name, the Lord Sandwich.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, which is leading the search effort, recently used a grant from the Australian National Maritime Museum to locate documents in London identifying the groups of ships in that fleet and where each was scuttled.

The nonprofit thinks the Endeavour is part of a group of five sunken wrecks.

It already has mapped nine sites in the harbor, including four of the five sites in that group.

It’s announcing plans on Wednesday to investigate the fifth shipwreck this year.

Cook used the Endeavour to claim Australia for the British during his historic 1768-71 voyage.

In 2014, the Australian National Maritime Museum signed an agreement to help the Rhode Island group find the lost vessel.

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The full interview with Abbass can be heard below: