This is a style of sailing vessel that was mentioned by Francis Bacon in 1592. The word bark (barque or barc) usually refers to a three masted ship with a distinctive rigging. In the 18th century in England the Royal Navy was using the term to describe ships that didn’t quite fit into any other category. When James Cook was given his boat (an ex colliery vessel) by the admiralty for his voyages, it was given the name HM Bark Endeavour to distinguish it from a sloop that had the same name.
Although this Endeavour is a replica, its form against the modern landscape is a good reminder of a times past. The building of this replica began in 1988 and was launched in 1993 despite not being completed until 1994. Since that time it has circumnavigated the world twice as it recreated Cook’s voyages. It has also circumnavigated Australia in 2011 and was used in the film Master and Commander: The Far side of the World in 2003. She belongs to the Australian National Maritime Museum.
In repsonse to Paula’s Thursday’s Special