Australian Endeavour After Two Centuries!
It was the first ship that successfully sailed to Australia and New Zealand from Europe! However, it didn’t return to Europe. Finally, the vessel has been found!
The scientists have been searching for the armed ship of Captain James Cook (November 7, 1728 – February 14, 1779) for more than 200 years. According to some Australian researchers, the remains of that ship can be found near New Port. In fact, it was the first European ship to reach the eastern coast of Australia.
Captain James Cook
Cook was reportedly surprised to see the variety of trees on the island. He had a botanist in his team who told the Captain that he would not find such trees in the other places. Botany Bay, discovered on April 29, 1770 by Captain Cook, who first named it ‘Stingray Bay’, later Botanists’ (Harbour and Bay) and finally Botany Bay in his journal, probably to honour the botanists onboard ‘HMS Endeavour’ led by Sir Joseph Banks, as well as to mark its floral novelties.
The Marine Archaeology Projector of Rhode Island has claimed that the vessel has been discovered after more than 230 years. The Endeavour was originally used as a British naval ship during the American War of Independence. The ship was last seen in 1778 and after that, it went missing. Although some claimed that they found some parts of this ship, Captain Cook’s ship still remains a mystery. It is believed that the historic ship capsized near the Rhode Island after Captain Cook discovered Australia in the mid-April 1770. He used HMS Endeavour in various missions, as he served as the captain of this British naval ship from 1769 to 1771.
Meanwhile, the scientists have revealed that they made a 3D picture of the shipwreck. There are many mysterious stories about this ship made of Oak and Pine woods. Captain Cook reportedly used the same vessel while discovering New Zealand. Reports suggest that Peter Dexter, the Chairman of the Australian National Maritime Museum Council, will visit the place where the shipwreck has been found. Alastair J M Walton, the Consul-General of Australia to New York, will also be present there.
Researchers have claimed that they found 14 shipwrecks, including the Endeavour, in that particular region by using high-tech mapping of that area and the latest technology. Although the vessel is lying on the seabed, the scientists are cent percent sure that it’s the lost ship of explorer James Cook.
Captain Cook, the British explorer, astronomer, navigator, cartographer and captain in the Royal Navy, was murdered at Kealakekua Bay in Hawaii, the US on February 14, 1779 during his third exploratory voyage in the Pacific while attempting to kidnap Kalaniʻōpuʻu, a Hawaiian chief, in order to reclaim a cutter stolen from one of his ships. He left a legacy of scientific and geographical knowledge that influenced his successors well into the 20th century. Numerous memorials worldwide have been dedicated to his memory.
Long live Captain Cook!
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