An Australian museum official will meet with Rhode Island archaeologists to discuss a way to partner in the search for the wreck of Capt. James Cook's ship Endeavor.
British explorer Capt. James Cook traveled on the ship Endeavor to the east coast of Australia in 1770, thus Australians consider Cook their founder and the Endeavor their founding ship.
The Endeavor changed hands and was renamed the Lord Sandwich, which sailed to Rhode Island only to be sunk in 1778 during a British blockade of Narragansett Bay.
The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, also known as RIMAP, said Australia has been sending divers to Newport Harbor for about 15 years in search of the ship. And now that RIMAP has created eight maps of where the shipwreck might be found, the Australian National Maritime Museum is interested in developing a partnership to find the Endeavor. That meeting is expected to take place in a few weeks.