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Opinion: Decoding Waitangi

Last week it was discovered that the vessel that British explorer Capt. James Cook used to sail to Australia and New Zealand in the late 1700s may lie at the bottom of Newport Harbour, Rhode Island in the U.S.A.

The HMS Endeavour, later called the Lord Sandwich, is believed to be among a group of ships hurried there to use as a blockade during the American Revolution.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project says there is an 80 percent to 100 percent chance the Endeavour is still in the port. […]