Eight Famous Shipwrecks That Have Yet to Be Found
Eight Famous Shipwrecks That Have Yet to Be Found

Eight Famous Shipwrecks That Have Yet to Be Found

Stephanie Schoppert - November 20, 2016

Eight Famous Shipwrecks That Have Yet to Be Found

HMS Endeavor

The HMS Endeavor is yet another ship that is sought more for its historical significance rather than for treasure. The HMS Endeavor was the ship that carried James Cook as he sailed around the globe from 1768 to 1771. The ship made history by being the first European ship to reach the east coast of Australia and circumnavigate New Zealand. During her voyage the ship grounded on the Great Barrier Reef in June of 1770. Cook ordered that the ship be lightened to get her to float off the reef which led to all but four of the ship’s cannons being thrown overboard. The ship was badly damaged but the crew managed to keep the ship afloat with makeshift repairs and pumping out the water. They made port and underwent full repairs before completing their journey and rounding the Cape of Good Hope on March 13, 1771. After it’s epic three year voyage HMS Endeavor was resigned to spend three years sailing to and from the Falkland Islands.

Then in 1775 it was sold into private hands and suffered the indignity of being renamed Lord Sandwich. After which she was hired as a British troop transport ship during the American War Of Independence. In 1778 it was scuttled in a blockade at Narrangansett Bay, Rhode Island. It was one of 13 ships that were deliberately sunk to try and stop the approaching French fleet. Despite knowing the relative location of the ship, it has yet to be definitively identified. The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project and the Australia National Maritime Museum have spent years mapping out and searching the silty waters around Newport. They believe they have found the location of the scuttle and that the Endeavor may be one ship in a cluster of five that have been discovered. Yet the ship was not positively identified and the search continues. The abandoned cannons were recovered and are now displayed in museums around the world.


Where Did We Find This Stuff? Some Sources and Further Reading

Money Week – 23 September 1641: The Merchant Royal Sinks With 1.5 Million Ounces Of Gold

All That’s Interesting – Anchor Found From Sunken British Ship That Carried 100,000 Pounds Of Gold Worth Over $1.3 Billion

Bustle – The Shipwreck From Outer Banks Is Actually Kind Of Real

Daily Mail – The Mystery Of The Arctic Ghost Ship: Abandoned 1914 Cargo Vessel SS Baychimo Drifted For Decades – But Is She Still Out There?

The Sun – The Bizarre Ghost Ship Story Of The SS Baychimo That Was Seen Sailing The Seas Unmanned For 38 YEARS

Belfast Telegraph – Is Ghost Ship Baychimo Still Sailing Across Deep Blue Sea?

Anchorage Daily News – How Artifacts From Alaska’s Ghost Ship Mysteriously Wound Up In A Fairbanks Museum?

Detroit Free Press – Le Griffon: The Great Lakes’ Greatest Mystery

Daily Press – Shipwreck Hunters Solve Mystery Of The Missing Griffin

Peto Sky News – Charlevoix Diver Believes He’s Found ‘Holy Grail’ Of Great Lakes Shipwrecks

Live Science – Treasure Hunters Find Mysterious Shipwreck in Lake Michigan

LinkedIn – Portuguese Carrack Flor do Mar or Frol de la Mar

The Star – Sunken Portuguese Galleon Sighted In Java Sea

Ancient Origins – The Lost Treasure of Flor de la Mar, Flower of the Sea

British Library – Timeline Of James Cook’s Voyages

New South Wales State Library – Captain Cook’s Voyages Of Discovery

BBC News – Endeavour: Has The Ship Captain Cook Sailed To Australia Been Found?

History Collection – The Shipwreck of the Batavia: A Tale of Mutiny and Murder

History Collection – Shipwrecked: 7 Losses at Sea that Changed the Course of History