A full-size replica of HMB Endeavour, the trusty vessel of famed explorer James Cook, drew a crowd of onlookers when it berthed at Portland yesterday. THE original never quite made it, but a latter-day version of Captain Cook’s famous Endeavour is back in south-west waters for a second time.
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A full-scale replica of the 18th-century sailing ship berthed at Portland’s Trawler Wharf yesterday morning as part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s (ANMM) circumnavigation of Australia.

The HMB Endeavour last moored in Portland in 2000, during a world voyage.

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After being acquired from the HM Bark Endeavour Foundation in 2005, the vessel set out from Sydney 11 months ago and has since docked at various ports around the country including Townsville, Darwin, Broome and Fremantle. It is next headed for Hobart, then Melbourne.

“It’s a 13-month voyage, they set sail last April,” voyage manager Trish Pascuzzo told The Standard yesterday.

“The crew is committed to keep the ship sailing and exhibit it to regional areas.”

Captained by Ross Mattson, the Australian-built replica has picked up volunteers along the way who are then taught various aspects of 18th-century ship handling during their time on board, including keeping watch, manning the helm and furling the sails.

“There’s 16 professional crew and 40 paying crew,” Ms Pascuzzo said.

“One man has been with the crew for seven or eight legs — he’s a very keen sailor. Most only travel one leg.”

Volunteer crew member Glenn Ford said he was pleased to set foot on solid ground after boarding the Endeavour in Adelaide 10 days ago.

“My father was a captain on trawlers in the UK so I’ve been on boats from a young age,” he said.

“It was one of those bucket list things.

“I’ve always been interested in nautical kinds of things.”

The Endeavour will be open for observation from Wednesday to Sunday, after taking today to revert from voyage mode into museum mode.

Weekday mornings are fully booked with school excursions but the public is welcome to explore the ship any time from 1pm to 5pm.

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