The full-scale replica of Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour operated by Sydney’s Australian National Maritime Museum arrived in Adelaide today. The beautifully crafted square-rigger will be moored at Port Adelaide, Inner Harbour. It will be open for inspection from 16 to 23 February from 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm).
Endeavour departed Sydney on 15 April 2011 for a historic 13 month circumnavigation of Australia opening in many regional ports along the way. It was at the wharf in Port Lincoln last week from 4-8 February when an estimated 10,000 people crossed its threshold during its stay.
Cook’s Endeavour sailed into history when it circumnavigated the globe in 1768-71. Among other achievements, Cook explored and charted the east coast of Australia in 1770.
The magnificent replica, launched in Fremantle WA in 1993, is an 18th century tall ship with a difference… it has modern amenities (including twin engines) hidden away in the ‘cargo hold.’
When in port the vessel is presented as a ‘floating museum’, with visitors experiencing the ship as if Cook and his crew have just stepped ashore … charts lay on the table in the Great Cabin, a meal is half-eaten on the mess deck tables and bunks are ready for a night’s rest.
Entry to the Endeavour is $18 adults, $9 child or $38 families.
More information about the ship and the voyage is here