Explorer James Cook's long lost ship believed to be off coast of Rhode Island

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Explorer James Cook's Long Lost Ship Believed To Be Off Coast Of Rhode Island

Captain James Cook is among the most celebrated world explorers in history, having made important journeys to Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti in the late 1700s.

The whereabouts of the ship he used to reach those destinations, the HMS Endeavour, has been a mystery for centuries, but that may not be the case for much longer, reports the New Zealand Herald.

According to New York Daily News, on Wednesday, the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project is expected to announce they have located the vessel in the waters off the state's coast.

According to the group, Cook's ship was renamed after the conclusion of his first voyage.

Sailing as the Lord Sandwich, it was used to transport British soldiers assigned to battle in the American Revolution.

Documents revealed a craft bearing that name was among the 13 that went down in Newport Harbor, notes the Huffington Post.

Five of those vessels have been located, and those working on the project say they are between 80 and 100% confident the ship once known as Endeavour is one of them.

Further study of both the wreckage and the artifacts is planned.

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HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 12: Wreck of the fishing boat Mohamed Hasabella in Hurghada bay on November 12, 2015 in Hurghada, Egypt. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 11: Divers explore the wreck of the Salem Express near Safarga on November 11, 2015 in the Red Sea, Egypt. Built in France in 1964 the Salem Express operated as a passenger ferry based in the port of Safaga. On the night of December 15th 1991 she was returning from the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, overloaded with vehicles and possible upto 1,600 passengers returning from the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Near its final destination in Safaga the Salem Express entered a midnight storm as the ship neared Hyndman Reef, she hit the reef on the southeast creating a huge hole in the hull and driveway gates completely swamping the boat in seconds. In less than 30 minutes the ship sank to 30 metres.The final death toll stands at 470 but it is believed that many more perished. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 11: A diver on the prop of the Salem Express near Safarga on November 11, 2015 in the Red Sea, Egypt. Built in France in 1964 the Salem Express operated as a passenger ferry based in the port of Safaga. On the night of December 15th 1991 she was returning from the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, overloaded with vehicles and possible upto 1,600 passengers returning from the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Near its final destination in Safaga the Salem Express entered a midnight storm as the ship neared Hyndman Reef, she hit the reef on the southeast creating a huge hole in the hull and driveway gates completely swamping the boat in seconds. In less than 30 minutes the ship sank to 30 metres.The final death toll stands at 470 but it is believed that many more perished. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 11: Divers explore the wreck of the Salem Express near Safarga on November 11, 2015 in the Red Sea, Egypt. Built in France in 1964 the Salem Express operated as a passenger ferry based in the port of Safaga. On the night of December 15th 1991 she was returning from the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, overloaded with vehicles and possible upto 1,600 passengers returning from the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Near its final destination in Safaga the Salem Express entered a midnight storm as the ship neared Hyndman Reef, she hit the reef on the southeast creating a huge hole in the hull and driveway gates completely swamping the boat in seconds. In less than 30 minutes the ship sank to 30 metres.The final death toll stands at 470 but it is believed that many more perished. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 11: Divers explore the wreck of the Salem Express near Safarga on November 11, 2015 in the Red Sea, Egypt. Built in France in 1964 the Salem Express operated as a passenger ferry based in the port of Safaga. On the night of December 15th 1991 she was returning from the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, overloaded with vehicles and possible upto 1,600 passengers returning from the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Near its final destination in Safaga the Salem Express entered a midnight storm as the ship neared Hyndman Reef, she hit the reef on the southeast creating a huge hole in the hull and driveway gates completely swamping the boat in seconds. In less than 30 minutes the ship sank to 30 metres.The final death toll stands at 470 but it is believed that many more perished. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 11: Divers explore empty lifeboat davits on the wreck of the Salem Express near Safarga on November 11, 2015 in the Red Sea, Egypt. Built in France in 1964 the Salem Express operated as a passenger ferry based in the port of Safaga. On the night of December 15th 1991 she was returning from the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, overloaded with vehicles and possible upto 1,600 passengers returning from the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Near its final destination in Safaga the Salem Express entered a midnight storm as the ship neared Hyndman Reef, she hit the reef on the southeast creating a huge hole in the hull and driveway gates completely swamping the boat in seconds. In less than 30 minutes the ship sank to 30 metres.The final death toll stands at 470 but it is believed that many more perished. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 11: Unused lifeboats on the seabed from the wreck of the Salem Express near Safarga on November 11, 2015 in the Red Sea, Egypt. Built in France in 1964 the Salem Express operated as a passenger ferry based in the port of Safaga. On the night of December 15th 1991 she was returning from the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, overloaded with vehicles and possible upto 1,600 passengers returning from the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Near its final destination in Safaga the Salem Express entered a midnight storm as the ship neared Hyndman Reef, she hit the reef on the southeast creating a huge hole in the hull and driveway gates completely swamping the boat in seconds. In less than 30 minutes the ship sank to 30 metres.The final death toll stands at 470 but it is believed that many more perished. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 11: The prop of the Salem Express near Safarga on November 11, 2015 in the Red Sea, Egypt. Built in France in 1964 the Salem Express operated as a passenger ferry based in the port of Safaga. On the night of December 15th 1991 she was returning from the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, overloaded with vehicles and possible upto 1,600 passengers returning from the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Near its final destination in Safaga the Salem Express entered a midnight storm as the ship neared Hyndman Reef, she hit the reef on the southeast creating a huge hole in the hull and driveway gates completely swamping the boat in seconds. In less than 30 minutes the ship sank to 30 metres.The final death toll stands at 470 but it is believed that many more perished. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 09: A diver swims past a railway wagon on the deck of SS Thistlegorm near the second hold in the Strait of Gobal on November 9, 2015 in The Red Sea, Egypt. The SS Thistlegorm was a British armed Merchant Navy ship of 9,009 tonnes built in 1940 in Sunderland. She was sunk on 6 October 1941 during an air raid by two German Heinkel He 111 and sank in 31 metres of water near Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 09: A diver swims past a railway wagon on the deck of SS Thistlegorm near the second hold in the Strait of Gobal on November 9, 2015 in The Red Sea, Egypt. The SS Thistlegorm was a British armed Merchant Navy ship of 9,009 tonnes built in 1940 in Sunderland. She was sunk on 6 October 1941 during an air raid by two German Heinkel He 111 and sank in 31 metres of water near Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 09: A diver swims past a railway wagon on the deck of SS Thistlegorm near the second hold in the Strait of Gobal on November 9, 2015 in The Red Sea, Egypt. The SS Thistlegorm was a British armed Merchant Navy ship of 9,009 tonnes built in 1940 in Sunderland. She was sunk on 6 October 1941 during an air raid by two German Heinkel He 111 and sank in 31 metres of water near Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 09: Bedford trucks in the number two hold of SS Thistlegorm in the Strait of Gobal on November 9, 2015 in The Red Sea, Egypt. The SS Thistlegorm was a British armed Merchant Navy ship of 9,009 tonnes built in 1940 in Sunderland. She was sunk on 6 October 1941 during an air raid by two German Heinkel He 111 and sank in 31 metres of water near Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 07: A diver on the Bow of the Carnatic wreck on Abu Nuhas Reef on November 7, 2015 in The Red Sea, Egypt. The Carnatic was a British sail-steam cargo ship of 1,776 tonnes built in 1862. On 14 September 1869 she hit the reef and now lies on the north side of it in 27 meters of water (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 07: A diver swims along the deck of the Carnatic wreck on Abu Nuhas Reef on November 7, 2015 in The Red Sea, Egypt. The Carnatic was a British sail-steam cargo ship of 1,776 tonnes built in 1862. On 14 September 1869 she hit the reef and now lies on the north side of it in 27 meters of water (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 09: A diver swims past the 120 mm cannon on the poop deck of the SS Thistlegorm wreck in the Strait of Gobal on November 9, 2015 in The Red Sea, Egypt. The SS Thistlegorm was a British armed Merchant Navy ship of 9,009 tonnes built in 1940 in Sunderland. She was sunk on 6 October 1941 during an air raid by two German Heinkel He 111 near Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 07: A diver inside the Carnatic wreck on Abu Nuhas Reef on November 7, 2015 in The Red Sea, Egypt. The Carnatic was a British sail-steam cargo ship of 1,776 tonnes built in 1862. On 14 September 1869 she hit the reef and now lies on the north side of it in 27 meters of water (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 08: Divers explore a shipment of British toilets from the Yolanda wreck on November 9, 2015 in Red Sea, Egypt. Yolanda was a Cypriot cargo ship that grounded on Ras Muhammad reef in April 1980. From 1981 to 1985, the wreck was a popular driving site, but it was lost when it fell off the reef during a storm in 1985.The wreck now lies at a depth of 145 to 160 meters leaving only the cargo to be explored by recreational divers (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 07: Dolphins swim along on the Carnatic wreck on Abu Nuhas Reef on November 7, 2015 in The Red Sea, Egypt. The Carnatic was a British sail-steam cargo ship of 1,776 tonnes built in 1862. On 14 September 1869 she hit the reef and now lies on the north side of it in 27 meters of water (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 12: Divers on the El Mina wreck in Hurghada bay on November 12, 2015 in Hurghada, Egypt. El Mina is Arabic for 'The Harbour' and the fact that this wreck lies in the Harbour at Hurghada is the only link between the name and the wreck. An Egyptian owned, Soviet built type-43 minesweeper, 570 tons, approximately 60m in length and with a beam of 9m. It lies on its port side in 33m of water at the stern, 26m at the bow. She was bombed and sunk by the Israelis on 6 June 1967. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 11: Divers explore empty lifeboat davits on the wreck of the Salem Express near Safarga on November 11, 2015 in the Red Sea, Egypt. Built in France in 1964 the Salem Express operated as a passenger ferry based in the port of Safaga. On the night of December 15th 1991 she was returning from the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, overloaded with vehicles and possible upto 1,600 passengers returning from the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Near its final destination in Safaga the Salem Express entered a midnight storm as the ship neared Hyndman Reef, she hit the reef on the southeast creating a huge hole in the hull and driveway gates completely swamping the boat in seconds. In less than 30 minutes the ship sank to 30 metres.The final death toll stands at 470 but it is believed that many more perished. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
HURGHADA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 11: Divers explore the stern of the Salem Express near Safarga on November 11, 2015 in the Red Sea, Egypt. Built in France in 1964 the Salem Express operated as a passenger ferry based in the port of Safaga. On the night of December 15th 1991 she was returning from the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, overloaded with vehicles and possible upto 1,600 passengers returning from the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Near its final destination in Safaga the Salem Express entered a midnight storm as the ship neared Hyndman Reef, she hit the reef on the southeast creating a huge hole in the hull and driveway gates completely swamping the boat in seconds. In less than 30 minutes the ship sank to 30 metres.The final death toll stands at 470 but it is believed that many more perished. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
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