Monday, 27 September 2010

Darling Harbour, Endeavour replica

The Endeavour replica is moored outside the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. This is a replica of the HMB Endeavour, the ship commanded by Captain James Cook, the English explorer, navigator and cartographer. He led an expeditition in 1768-71, which navigated and mapped the eastern coastline of Australia. Construction of the Australian-built replica began in 1988 and it was launched in 1993. It has sailed twice around the world and the museum maintains it for the public to experience 18th-century square-rig voyaging and seamanship. It now circumnavigates Australia and berths in many ports where it opens to the public.

20 comments:

  1. What a great looking ship, and what a perfect place to moor it. Will the Endeavour stay in front of the Maritime Museum permanently?

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  2. Hels, it is moored there permanently and you can take a tour on board. It also takes regular trips along the coast.

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  3. Great photo and wonderful ship. Have you been on the tour?

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  4. BlossomFlowerGirl, I've walked past in many times on the wharf but haven't actually been on it yet.

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  5. What a challenge for time, being taken from the past into the future of the background.
    A great picture indeed.

    Please have a good start into the new week.

    daily athens

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  6. What a wonderful picture. I like the city skyline as the background to such a magnificent ship. There was recently a tall ship festival in Erie, PA. I saw six tall ships from a distance.

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  7. That is a beautiful photo. We went on it in Fremantle many moons ago.

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  8. I would love for them to come to New Zealand. May be they can do a re-enactment.

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  9. Ann, the ship has already made a few voyages around the world and visited New Zealand. There may be another voyage to NZ in the future.

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  10. If only Captain Cook could stand on the deck today and see what great city has grown up on the shore.

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  11. the sailboats are vessels that have a particular fascination, I was lucky enough to visit Amerigo Vespucci the school ship of Marine Military Italian and I will never forget this wonderful experience

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  12. Our fascination with Capt Cook is even more evident in Cooktown - much further north! The size of the ship always amazes me - to have explored so broadly in something so small is mind-blowing!

    Happy travels!

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  13. Wow, questa è un fantastico antico veliero !!!!
    Magnifico !
    Buona giornata :)

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  14. Soon you must on board - there must be hundreds of photos waiting for you :-D
    The picture is brilliant!

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  15. Wonderful shot with history past and present. Looking at the diminutive size of that ship makes you realise how brave those explorers were.

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  16. I love this kind of stuff -- a painless way to learn history. Beautiful photo too!

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  17. Absolutely briliant photo, you should enter it in competitions.
    I went on it in Brisbane once.
    It's shame they don't mention its origins any more. Alan Bond conceived the idea, commissioned, payed for & oversee'd the construction, then presented it to the Aust people as a Bicentenial gift. Now we see him as a 'decedent western bourgeois capitalist pig' and he's been whitewashed from history. Shame

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