13 November 2018
Adventure seekers, history buffs and sailing enthusiasts will have the chance to take the voyage of a lifetime as part of the crew on a replica of James Cook’s 18th century vessel HMB Endeavour.
The Australian National Maritime Museum has announced Endeavour’s 2019 voyage program and is now calling for applications to sail.
The exciting program features a Sydney to Hobart, Tasmania voyage in late January to attend the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, a Hobart to Sydney voyage in February and then a voyage to the tropical paradise of New Caledonia in April.
On 28 January 2019 Endeavour will depart from Sydney for Hobart, to take part in the “Parade of Sail” at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.
The Festival is a four-day celebration of maritime culture and the biggest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, bringing together over 500 boats in Hobart’s iconic historic waterfront precinct. As part of the voyage there is also a visit to the historically significant convict site of Port Arthur.
Endeavour will then depart from Hobart to Sydney on its next voyage from 13 to 24 February.
And in April Endeavour will undertake its first international voyage since the museum took ownership of the vessel in 2005. Voyagers can immerse themselves in French and Melanesian history and culture when Endeavour sails Sydney to New Caledonia from 22 April to 3 May and New Caledonia to Sydney from 9 May to 20 May.
Endeavour is sailed by a professional crew of 16 assisted by 40 paying voyage-crew who learn first-hand what it was like to sail the oceans during the era of European exploration.
Voyagers can sign up as crew or take a supernumerary berth. Voyage crew members sleep in hammocks and stand watch, learn how to set sails, and helm the ship. Full training is provided.