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Archive 90: HM Bark Endeavour at Canning Dock

Photographs  John H. Luxton 1997 - 2011

These photographs appeared on the web site back in 1997 featuring the visit of HM BARK ENDEAVOUR.

This is was the original news bulletin which accompanied them:

The ship claimed to be "the most authentic replica ship in existence" according to the director of the National Maritime Museum arrived in Canning Dock on Thursday, July10. 1997. The HM BARK ENDEAVOUR is a 130 feet tall replica of Captain James Cook's ship. Construction of the Australian vessel was commenced in 1988 and completed in 1994. She has undertaken a number of international voyages since completion. Her present trip to Britain began last October, the ship making calls in South Africa and the Atlantic Islands before arriving in Britain at Easter to undertake a 15 port tour. Liverpool is her eighth port of call and she is scheduled to be open to the public for the coming week before she moves on to Wales for a call at Fishguard.

A visit to the ship is highly recommended. Admission for adults is 5.00 with concessions for children, families and senior citizens. There really is so much to see on this vessel and if you go make sure you take your camera and a flash! It took me no trouble to fire off a 36-exposure roll of film and if I had had more film on me I could easily have taken many more pictures.

The original HMB ENDEAVOUR was not constructed as a naval ship, she was originally a collier built for the UK east coast coal trade. Purchased by the admiralty she was converted for use by James Cook for his voyages of exploration the first of which begin in 1768. As a result her design is somewhat unusual with accommodation to the rear of the vessel having an unusually low deck head room of just 4 feet 6 inches!

At the Canning Half Tide Dock. Notice no Liverpool One Development in the back ground - grass and trees - didn't it look better then?The "heads" - yes this is one of the ships to lavatories. Must have been fun in bad weather! 
Deck Scenes  
The galley ovenFood storage 18th Century styleThe mess deckLow head room and aft hold hatch.
Officer's accomodationLow head roomOfficers' cabins
Officer's accommodationThe Great Cabin
Joseph Bank's CabinCaptain's Cabinmain mastQuarter deck

After visiting Liverpool the Endeavour visited many other European ports. Her final voyage departed from Whitehaven in 2004. The following year she was transferred to the ownership of the Australian National Maritime Museum and put on display in Darling Harbour, Sydney.

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Quarter deckCannonStern - Great Cabin windows

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