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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Researchers believe they have found the ship that legendary explorer Captain James Cook used to sail to around the world submerged somewhere in Rhode Island's Newport Harbor.
The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, which is leading the search effort, said in a statement posted on its website that it is 80 to 100 percent sure that the remains of the HMS Endeavour is among sunken wrecks off the state's coast.
Cook used the Endeavour to claim Australia for the British during his historic 1768-71 voyage.
The roughly 100-foot vessel was part of a fleet of 13 ships that the British scuttled during the Revolutionary War in 1778 to blockade Newport Harbor. It had been listed in the records under a different name, the Lord Sandwich
The US space shuttle Endeavour is named after the ship and she is depicted on the New Zealand fifty-cent coin.