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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 21, May 21, 2006, Article 9

CAPT. COOK'S ENDEAVOR WRECK FOUND?

Arthur Shippee forwarded some links from The Explorator Newsletter.
Several news outlets picked up a story about the possible discovery
of the wreckage of The Endeavor, the 18th century vessel explorer
Captain James Cook sailed on his epic voyage to Australia.  No word
yet of any coin finds.

"Researchers with the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project said
they believe the four ships, and two others previously discovered,
are part of a 13-vessel transport fleet intentionally sunk by the
British in Newport Harbor in 1778 to keep French ships from landing
to aid the Americans' drive for independence.

Using historical materials and sonar, the archaeologists discovered
the ships in Narragansett Bay, within a mile of Newport, Rhode
Island's shoreline."

"It may take years to fully investigate the shipwrecks found so far,
Abbass said.

Historically, the finding is significant because it helps tell the
story of the siege of Newport, marking France's first attempt to
aid the American insurrection against the British."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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