HM Bark Endeavour
The Spirit of Endeavour is an exact copy of the original Endeavour sailed by Captain James Cook to Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia in the eighteenth Century. He set out to Tahiti to study the passage of Venus, which was a navigational problem. After that, he opened his secret orders, which directed him to find the Great South Land. He circumnavigated New Zealand and then went across to the east coast of Australia.
The Endeavour replica tall ship is an exact copy of Captain Cook's Endeavour, which was initially a coal carrier which went from the north-east coast of England to London and back. The Endeavour's original name was the Earl of Pembroke and after the Navy requisitioned it, the did a conversion on it to be used as a Naval vessel.
A crowd estimated at forty thousand came out to witness the Endeavour replica set out on her journey from Whitby to Hull for the final part of the refit of the Spirit of Endeavour. Whitby would be the home of the Endeavour in many people's eyes because that is where Endeavour comes from and the people of Whitby really support the Endeavour. Everybody has a real love for the Endeavour in Whitby.
Completed in 1993, the Endeavour replica voyages regularly along the Australian coast and people can get the chance to sail on the Endeavour for a once in a lifetime opportunity to sail in the same waters as the legendary Captain Cook. When you experience what the sailors of the eighteenth Century went through, you get an appreciation of the challenges that they faced. The Endeavour sails from many Australian ports every year. You can also explore the Endeavour at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour in Sydney.