Maritime Museum visitors react to the potential discovery of HMS Endeavour

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After being used by Cook the Endeavour was decommissioned and sold to a commercial owner.

The Australian National Maritime Museum teamed up with Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project to search Newport Harbour for the famous vessel and will announce their results at an event in NY on Friday at 5pm local time.

The Endeavour landed in Australia on April 29, 1770, two years after Cook set sail on a secret mission in search of the "Unknown Southern Land"-Terra Australis Incognita". It's always been known that the Endeavour came to rest off the coast of Rhode Island; the New York Times reports the ship was used by the British during the Revolutionary War and then sunk as a means of thwarting French ships coming to assist the Americans.

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It was scuttled with 12 other vessels in Newport Harbour during the American War of Independence in 1778, but the remains have never been found - despite a series of search expeditions. The team has found what appear to be 10 of the 13 transport ships, Abbass said earlier this year at the organization's annual meeting. The scuttled ships' masts protruded from Newport Harbor's shallow waters and served as a barrier to approaching vessels. The British Royal Navy used it to ferry supplies to and from the Falkland Islands for several years before selling it to a private buyer. Kevin Sumption, its director, said that a "promising site" had been located and that 3D image of it would be released shortly.

Friday's announcement will be attended by the chair of the Australian National Maritime Museum Peter Dexter, as well as Australia's consul-general Alastair Walton, News 9 noted.

Countries including the US, Britain, New Zealand and Australia can all lay claim to the wreck being historically significant to their nation's story.

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Americans know the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria; in Australia, the Endeavour is the ship that's burned into memory. In 1999, the Rhode Island state government claimed official ownership of the fleet of ships in the underwater graveyard, including the Endeavor.

A statue of Captain James Cook stands in Sydney's Hyde Park on August 25, 2017. The scientists also made a detailed chronology of the last years of the life of the endeavour: first, he returned after a three-year expedition from the coast of Australia to England.

A statue of Cook which has stood in Sydney's Hyde Park for over a century was vandalized a year ago with graffiti reading "no pride in genocide" and "change the date", in reference to controversies over the celebration of Australia Day on January 26, the date in 1788 when the Union Flag was hoisted at Sydney Cove to establish a British penal colony. The Aboriginal community and Torres Strait Islanders call January 26, 1788, Invasion Day.

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The view of Cook as "discoverer" of Australia - as the Hyde Park statue describes him - has also come in for question, with experts pointing out that indigenous Australians had been on the continent for millennia before Europeans invaded and colonized it in the 18th century. Indigenous people suffered from the foreign diseases they had no immunity to, as well as the white settler's attempts at ethnic cleansing.

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