HMB Endeavour

Climb aboard the magnificent Australian-built replica of James Cook's ship.
Dive in to the Finding Endeavour story on the Museum's new centre for Maritime Archaeology

The Australian-built replica of James Cook's HMB Endeavour is one of the world's most accurate maritime replica vessels.

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 and you'll see almost 30 kilometres of rigging and 750 wooden blocks or pulleys! The masts and spars carry 28 sails that spread approximately 10,000 sq feet (930 m2) of canvas.

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 5 years later. Since then, Endeavour has covered many nautical miles on long voyages including circumnavigating Australia three times as well as sailing to Europe, the United States and a number of other overseas ports. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have come on board to see how Cook and his men lived.

Action Endeavour 

Visiting Endeavour

Most days, Endeavour stands majestically at our wharves open for visiting, but does enjoy regular trips along the Australian coast that the public can join, so be sure to check availability.


When it is out at sea, you can track the Endeavour over at marinetraffic.com (search for "HMB Endeavour").