HM Bark Endeavour: Traces of the Past Yr 3 09: Thursday’s Special

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© irene waters 2017

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© irene waters 2017

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

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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5 Responses to HM Bark Endeavour: Traces of the Past Yr 3 09: Thursday’s Special

  1. Paula says:

    Perfect example and the way you captured it giving it a vintage feel is really awesome. I am glad I “inspired” this response. Thank you, Irene 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. restlessjo says:

    Aren’t they magnificent? I have something a little similar at mine, Irene. 🙂 🙂


  3. What a magnificent ship this is! I’d love to sail on her – what an amazing experience that would be.

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