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HM Bark Endeavour is a replica of HMS Endeavour, the tall ship commanded by Lieutenant James Cook when he discovered the eastern coast of Australia. The ship was completed in 1994 and is owned by the Australian National Maritime Museum. It's not entirely original though, having modern amenities on board and twin engines hidden below in the cargo hold.
What does HMB Endeavour stand for? As it was commissioned in the 18th century, it stands for His Majesty's Bark the Endeavour. Barks (or barques) are essentially sailing vessels with three or more masts, otherwise known as tall ships.
HMB Endeavour is currently on a voyage around southern Australia, and after meeting the One and All at Victor Harbor (around 8am on February 17) it will visit Adelaide on February 19. After a week in Adelaide the Endeavour replica will set sail for Port Lincoln, and then on to Portland in Victoria.
When the Dutch tall ships arrived to visit Adelaide in 2013, it was a huge Port Adelaide attraction with thousands of people coming to see the colourful spectacle. The arrival of the HMB Endeavour replica will be major event during the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and the South Australian Maritime Museum is pulling out all stops to make it a great success.
Tall Ship One and All at McLaren Wharf Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide will be buzzing with fun things to do on the weekend of February 20-21, with a free street party in historic Lipson St between the Maritime Museum and McLaren Wharf where the HMB Endeavour is moored. The street party features a pirate show and face painting for children, roving sea shanty singers Shanghaied, local artist displays, the Fringe bus, dolphin cruises, and exclusive access to tall ships One & All and Falie. As a bonus the entry fee to the Maritime Museum on the weekend will be just $5, so it will be a great opportunity to catch up with some of the museum's recent displays.
During the HMB Endeavour's Adelaide visit you will be able board the replica ship and have a look around. It's open from Saturday February 20 to Friday the 26th from 9.30am until 6pm (last entry is at 5.30pm). Boarding HMB Endeavour costs $12 for adults, $8 for a child or $30 for families. You should be able to get some fantastic photos from the Port Adelaide lighthouse on the weekend, but be early or expect a queue.
HMB Endeavour Replica (Image: Captain John Dikkenberg)
After you have explored the HMB Endeavour replica from stem to stern, you may get the itch to set sail on the high seas in this beautiful tall ship. You can sail the Endeavour as a crew member, but the cost for a non working passenger is nearly double.
For more information about this magnificent example of tall ships, see the HMB Endeavour Facebook page. If you want to follow the ship's journey in SA then you should be able to spot the HMB Endeavour replica along our coast as it sails from Victor Harbor to Adelaide with the tall ship One and All.
If you're on a budget and want to see HMB Endeavour free, the Maritime Museum is looking for volunteers while the bark Endeavour is in Port Adelaide. There are a variety of positions available including tour guides and volunteer overnight shipkeepers. All positions are unpaid but you will receive training and information tol help interpret the ship, and also receive a Certificate of Appreciation and souvenirs of their experience. You can get an application form here or contact the Volunteers Office at the National Maritime Museum on (02) 9298 3777 for enquiries
James Cook did NOT "discover the eastern coast of Australia" as you state. Austalian Aboriginal people disovered and settled the east coast of Australia tens of thousands of years ago.
At best Cook MAY have been the first European to discover the eastern coast of Australia, and he certainly left us detailed records and maps. But there have been many claims that the Portuguese got here before him - though there is no definitive evidence for this as yet.
Cooktown in Far North Queensland is hosting a 48 day festival in 2020 to mark the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour's visit.