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The Endeavour Replica - Plans for the trip from Australia to the British Isles

After over-wintering in Fremantle, Western Australia, the Endeavour Replica is due to leave on 15th October 1996.

Her next port of arrival is Durban, South Africa, where she is due to stay from 6-16 December. Then it is on to Port Elizabeth (20-30 December) and Cape Town (3-13 January, 1997).

During her voyage to the British Isles, the Endeavour will call at St Helena (29-30 January), Ascension Island (7-8 February), Teneriffe (3-4 March) and Madeira (8-12 March).

All dates are provisional and subject to final approval by the Captain.

The Editor would be interested in hearing from anyone intending to visit the ship at any of these ports.

Ian Boreham

World Tour - Around the British Isles

The Endeavour Replica will arrive in the British Isles at Easter, 1997. She will spend ten days at Greewich Pier, before beginning a 15-port, seven month tour around the British Isles, departing for the USA in October, 1997. At each port she will be on exhibition, dressed with original artifacts, as if Cook, Banks and the crew had gone ashore. Visitors have the chance to explore the vessel, walk the decks and visit the officers' cabins, experiencing the conditions that over ninety crew members had to endure for three years. The exhibition dates are as follows, subject to final approval by the Captain:

London Tower Bridge 25 March (arrival)
Greenwich 28 March - 5 April
Docklands 6 - 13 April
Great Yarmouth 19-28 April
Whitby 3-8 May
Middlesbrough 10-18 May
Edinburgh/Leith 24 May - 1 June
Aberdeen 7 - 15 June
Greenock 28 June - 6 July
Liverpool 12 - 20 July
Fishguard 26 July - 3 August
Falmouth 9 - 17 August
Plymouth 23 - 31 August
Weymouth 6 - 9 September
Southampton 13 - 21 September
St. Helier, Jersey 26-30 September


The Endeavour is due to depart for the USA from Portsmouth on 13th October.

The Editor would be interested in hearing from anyone intending to visit the ship at any of these ports.

Ian Boreham, with additional information supplied by Marjorie Simpson and Ian Stubbs

World Tour - Guidelines for being a crew member

Do you fancy a trip on the Endeavour replica, built in Australia? Not just for a day, but for a voyage? If so, then you might like to know some of the "background and guidelines for applicants to enrol on the Endeavour crew register".

The ship was launched at Fremantle in December 1993 and after trials commissioned on 16 April 1994. She has already proven her outstanding sea handling abilities in voyages through the Southern Ocean and around the Australian Coastline. Her first international deployment was an enormously successful voyage to New Zealand. After a refit in Fremantle, she will circumnavigate the globe via South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America and the Pacific.

Endeavour is classified USL 2A as a Sailing Cargo Ship with a working crew including professionals. She is equipped with modern navigation and communications equipment. The crew sleep in hammocks slung in the 18th century lower deck. The hold area of the original ship has been converted to house a modern galley, mess, locker space, heads and showers, freezers and an engine room.

Endeavour is not a sail training ship and voyage crew, with a minimum of explanation of 18th century sailing techniques, are expected to quickly become a competent member of the ships crew. As Endeavour is a basic square rigger with very few mechanical aids, it is a very demanding ship requiring high levels of physical fitness from its crew.

Crew selection is made from experienced applicants displaying above average qualities. A register of eligible applicants is maintained and it is from this register that crew are selected to fill vacancies as they arise.

  • Applicants: must be 18 years of age and over
  • must be in good health, physically fit and preferably able to swim;
  • should be a good mixer, have a compatible personality and be able to cope with physical and mental stress;
  • must not suffer from chronic seasickness or fear of heights;
  • must be confident of going aloft (40m) in all weather conditions;
  • should have gained experience as a crew member of an ocean going sailing vessel and / or who have significant Naval or Merchant Maritime training;
  • must be able to sustain themselves financially and be able to make their own way to join and leave the ship.

The daily sea routine is:

0700 Call the hands. Lash and stow hammocks
0730 Hands to breakfast
0830 Sail handling
0900 Muster on deck
0915 Cleaning stations
1030 Morning tea
1100 Lecture
1200 Hands to lunch
1330 Stand easy
1400 Maintenance
1630 Wash down
1730 Hands to dinner
1830 Galley cleared. Hammocks slung
2130 Pipe down

For application forms for the 1996/97 voyage programme and further enquiries write to:
HM Bark Endeavour Foundation Pty Ltd, PO Box 1099, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia.

Ian Boreham

Originally published in Cook's Log, page 1304, volume 19, number 3 (1996).

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