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The Endeavour replica
HMB Endeavour, replicaMuseum wharves | Ticket prices
The Australian-built replica of James Cook's HMB Endeavour is one of the world's most accurate maritime reproductions. When you come on board you may wonder whether James Cook and his crew have just stepped ashore somewhere on their voyage. The table is set, clothes are hung and the cat is slumbering.
On board the beautifully crafted ship, you glimpse a sailor's life during one of history's great maritime adventures, Captain Cook's epic 1768-71 world voyage. Look you'll see almost 30 kilometres of ropes and 750 wooden blocks or pulleys! The masts and spars carry 28 sails that spread approximately 10,000 sq feet (930 m2) of canvas.
If you're planning to visit Endeavour or would like detailed information about her layout, download the self-guided tour handout (PDF, 360 kb)
Entry to Endeavour is included in the museum's Big Ticket.
Conditions of entry:
- Visitors boarding Endeavour must be over 90cm tall
- Visitors should be aware there is climbing, crouching and confined spaces to be negotiated onboard the vessel
- No strollers, prams, backpacks or large bags etc can be taken onboard Endeavour (for safety reasons, infants cannot be carried onboard)
- High heels are not to be worn onboard, closed toe, flat shoes are recommended.
In the galley below is the huge stove, called a firehearth - state of the art in 1768. The Great Cabin is where Cook worked and dined, sharing the space with famous botanist Joseph Banks, as you can see when you glance around.
Construction of the Endeavour replica began in 1988 and the ship was launched five years later. Since then, she has sailed over 170,000 nautical miles twice around the world, visited 29 countries and many Pacific islands, and opened as a museum in 116 ports. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have come on board to see how Cook and his men lived.
These days, Endeavour stands majestically at our wharves and enjoys regular trips along the Australian coast. You can even hire the ship for your special dinner or cocktail party.
Seafarer Brian Peters was born and trained in the age of sail. Today he is one of Australia's few remaining hand-stitch sail-makers, practicing a craft he learnt as a young sailor at sea on some of the world's last cargo-carrying sailing ships. We talked to him on deck on the magnificent replica of Captain Cook's HM Bark Endeavour at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
Why is it HMB not HMS Endeavour?
The B stands for Bark. In the 18th century, ships were classified by their hull shape. A ship with a flat bow and square stern was called a bark. If the ship didn't fit any category and its captain's rank was lieutenant, this ship was also classified a bark. Cook himself mostly referred to the original ship as "His Britannick Majesty's Bark".