Underwater jigsaw puzzle of Captain Cook's ship Endeavour

Story highlights

  • The search for Captain Cook's Endeavour centers on two square miles in Newport
  • Cook helped shape the map of the world on board the vessel from 1770
  • For years, its whereabouts remained but it is now thought it was scuttled in 1778
  • It is part of a total of 13 18th Century ships under water in Newport Harbour

(CNN)This is no treasure hunt for a casket of gold at the bottom of the ocean.

Instead, it's like looking for a needle in a haystack, with this search potentially for no more than a few partly rotten timber frames on Newport Harbor's sea floor.
    For years, the whereabouts of one of the most famous ships in nautical history -- HMS Endeavour -- has remained a mystery.
    "I don't like to call it treasure as there's no gold or silver," Dr Kathy Abbass, the executive director of Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, a not-for-profit organization set up in 1992 set up to study the area's maritime history, told CNN. "But it's an intellectu