Could it be? Group searching Newport Harbor for long-lost ‘Endeavour’

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 04: Women’s Match Racing Group B continues on the Harbour Course as the HMB Endeavour replica prepares to leave harbour in the background during day two of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships on December 4, 2011 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

(WPRI) — After studying areas of Southern New England for years now, the Rhode Island Marine Archeology Project (RIMAP) announced its latest results in the search for the wreck of the HMS Endeavour, a ship belonging to British explorer Capt. James Cook.

RIMAP will presented their findings Friday at an event at Gurneys Resort on Goat Island in Newport. They believe after combing through years of research they can narrow their search down to one or two sites in Newport Harbor.

“We’ve made the first step in saying, ‘Maybe we should take a closer look,'” Kathy Abbass from RIMAP said. “We think we have a good candidate for which one might be the Endeavour.”

The Endeavour was one of 13 ships intentionally sunk by the British during the Revolutionary War.

This year marks the 250th anniversary of Cook’s departure from England in the Endeavour and 2020 will mark the anniversary when Cook claimed Australia for Britain.

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