HM Bark Endeavour will captivate you
A beautiful sight at Darling Harbour is when the full sails are flying for the H. M. Bark Endeavour coming back into port. The first time I seen it I was hooked. It was the 75th Anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and she had sailed through the harbour to show herself off for the celebration. I had taken my son and nephew to the maritime museum and such for the day and was in awe when I saw her come in. Each time that I go to the harbour I have to stop and see her. I have yet to be on her for tour, but there will be a day. She is absolutely beautiful.
The Australian-built replica of James Cooks’ HMB Endeavour is known as one of the world’s most accurate maritime reproductions. I am told when you step aboard you will see what a sailor’s life was really like.
While I was working at a hotel in Katoomba someone left a pamphlet of their tour of the Endeavour. It is interesting what they have on board as far as the history of Cook’s travels and tells how most of the replication of things was done. Like the anchors were cast from the original anchor lost by Cook on the Great Barrier Reef.
The Endeavour project came into being from a Council member of the Australian National Maritime Museum in 1987. They believed with the significance of the history of this vessel it would be an intricate part of the Australian people’s lives. It is the vessel that James Cook sailed along the continent’s east coast in 1770. No one had charted this side of the continent and because of his work the British took to settlement of Botany Bay 18 years later.
The timbers and metals used in the replica are different than the original. In the 18th century mainly elm, oak and spruce were used, which are very expensive today. The Western Australian hardwood Jarrah was used along with Douglas Fir for the masts and spars from the United States. The iron fittings onboard were all handmade at a local blacksmith shop.
In April of 2005 the ship’s ownership was given to the Australian Government and they in turn gifted it to the museum. [more]
Back in time at Cook´s HMB Endeavour
For a not-so-expensive fee we could climb into the staggering replica of Captain James Cook's ship the HM Bark Endeavour at the Australian National Maritime Museum. We had a fantastic time walking along the vessel. It was a day with fantastic weather and it felt great looking out the harbour from this special vessel. There were some guides available at some points of the vessel to explain about its history. The decks below were really nice although spaces were narrow. As this was a replica of an old boat climbing can be steep at some areas. Really nice attraction to visit but we were there no longer than half an hour as there were another vessels to visit and so much to see and do at the museum. [more]
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