HMS Endeavour, also known as HM Bark Endeavour, was commanded by James Cook on his famous voyage of Australia discovery from 1769 to 1771. HMS Endeavour holds a honour position in the maritime history because of its great contributions to the world's knowledge of seamanship and geography.
Features of this wooden HM Bark Endeavour painted model:
- Overall dimensions of the model are 95cm L x 21cm W x 76cm H, 1:30 Scale
- This model is fully assembled and ready to display (NOT A KIT)
- Entirely handcrafted built by using individual wooden planks in hull construction
- We use the high quality wood in constructing and ensuring the model will withstand with climate change.
- Cannons, musket, anchors, decorative fixtures and intricate details are sculpted of metal
- Gun ports are actually cut into the hull
- Lattice grates, rudder chains, wooden ladders and planked steps
- Realistic lifeboats with oars and numerous other deck features
- Meticulous painting matches the actual HMS Endeavour - Sails are handmade of fine linen and rigging lines vary in texture
- This replica is built according to scale through original plans and pictures.
- The model comes with a solid wood base, a metal name plate and the history of the HM Bark Endeavour.
In 1768 Lieutenant James Cook, Royal Navy, set sail on HMS Endeavour on a voyage of exploration and scientific investigation and through his journeys, Cook is considered to be one of the greatest explorers.
In 1770 Cook reached New Zealand where he circumnavigated and completely charted the north and south islands before continuing west. In April, he sighted the east coast of Australia and sailed north along the coast before anchoring in what he named Botany Bay. He then continued north to Cape York and on to Jakarta and Indonesia. During the four months voyage along the coast Cook charted the coastline from Victoria to Queensland and proclaimed the eastern part of the continent for Great Britain.
Cook was the first person to accurately chart a substantial part of the coastline of Australia and to fix the continent in relation to known waters. His explorations of Australia were followed up within a few years by a British expedition to settle the "new" continent. Accordingly, Cook is considered a major figure in Australia's modern history. Numerous places in Australia, particularly on the east Australian coast and New Zealand, have been named after him or his vessel, and many of the names he gave to parts of the Australian east coast in 1770 are still used (e.g. Cape Tribulation, Botany Bay, the Whitsunday’s).
Cook's 1768-1771 voyages in HMS Endeavour is also considered to be of general historical importance because of its great contributions to the world's knowledge of seamanship and navigation, as well as geography. On his voyages Cook became the first captain to calculate his longitudinal position with accuracy, using a complex mathematical formula developed in the 1760's. He was also the first to substantially reduce scurvy among his crew, a serious, sometimes fatal result of dietary deficiency on long voyages.