It became the first ship to reach the east coast of Australia when Cook arrived at the site now known as Botany Bay in 1770.
Despite the historical significance to Australia, it is likely the Endeavour, if found, will remain in Rhode Island. 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.
Now, marine archaeologists believe they may have identified the long-sought wreck, beneath the waves of a busy USA harbor in Rhode Island.
The famous "Endeavour", during the struggle for independence of the US was used as a floating prison for those who rebelled against the crown.
One of the most fascinating and long-standing marine mysteries is the fate of Captain James Cook's exploratory vessel- the HMS Endeavour.More news: This app by Google will turn off your child's phone during dinner
Generations of Australians would be taught that Cook had "discovered" Australia, and those who followed him behaved as if the land had belonged to no one, despite Aboriginal Australians having been resident for at least 65,000 years.
The ship was sold in 1775 and renamed Lord Sandwich 2.
This week, the group announced it would reveal Friday "the details of a promising candidate to be that iconic ship", just off Goat Island in the Narragansett Bay.
A full-sized replica of Captain Cook's famous ship Endeavour, in Whitby Harbor, England on June 1, 2018.
Sumption says it's only in about five metres of water, but not much is recognisable of a ship of 350 tons. "They have been disturbed by shipping moving over them, by things like having anchors dragged through them", he said.More news: Apple fans undeterred by high iPhone Xs prices
Definitive proof will come from forensic tests on the timbers.
Americans know the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria; in Australia, the Endeavour is the ship that's burned into memory.
"We need to take it to a lab and analyze it to see if it was grown in a British forest in the north of the country", he said. In 1778, the war for the independence of the United States, the ship was sunk.
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. "It'll be bits of wood and vessel that might be recovered".
To this end, in 1999 then Rhode Island attorney general Sheldon Whitehouse led a charge "to ensure ownership of the historic Newport fleet", including the Endeavour, according to RIMAP.More news: Roger Federer Says Serena Williams Umpire Row ‘Really Interesting Case To Study’