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2016-05-05 17:45
Mast underwater.

Mast underwater.

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Providence - Researchers say they believe the ship that legendary explorer Captain James Cook used to sail around the world is still submerged somewhere in Rhode Island's Newport Harbour, but it'll take a lot of work and money to try to identify it.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, which is leading the search effort, says the Endeavour was part of a fleet of ships the British scuttled during the Revolutionary War to blockade the port.

The non-profit has narrowed its search to a group of five sunken wrecks.

It has mapped four of the sites and plans to investigate further this year.

Executive Director Kathy Abbass said after a news conference in Providence on Wednesday that she'll need to raise millions for field work and to build a facility for artefacts.

She says they may not find enough conclusive evidence.

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