HMB Endeavour
HMB Endeavour

All aboard the new Endeavour

THE magnificent replica of Captain Cook's famous vessel of discovery, HMB Endeavour, arrives in Coffs Harbour late tomorrow.

She's an accurate re-creation of the vessel James Cook used on his South Pacific visit from 1768 to 1771, when he charted Australia's East Coast.

The Endeavour's permanent home is the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, but for three months of the year, she sails to different parts of the nation.

Now, it's our turn to host her during a voyage to southern Queensland and Northern NSW.

Endeavour- which was in Brisbane last week - and her 56-strong crew is due to approach the outer harbour from 4.30pm tomorrow, and should tie up at the marina wharf by 6pm, weather permitting.

“She's got to come in on the high tide, and it will be quite a slow entrance,” Endeavour shore manager Paula East said.

“The (city) council and Department of Lands have been very supportive in organising a dredge (at the inner harbour entrance) at very short notice.

“This entrance was dredged five weeks ago, but it silted up again.”

The vessel will be thrown open to the public from Saturday to Tuesday between 10am and 5pm, but the last entry will be 4pm.

Admission is adults $15, children up to 16 years $8, concessions $8, and a $30 family pass (two adults, four children).

However, babies and children under 90cm tall won't be allowed aboard for safety reasons.

“You will be able to step back in time to the 18th Century and see what it would have been like for Cook and his men,” Ms East said.

Endeavour is due to depart Coffs Harbour with a new crew on September 19, and will stop at Port Macquarie and Newcastle before arriving in Sydney next month.  

See tomorrow's Advocate for your chance to win family passes to go aboard HMB Endeavour.

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