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Voyaging with Endeavour

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Join us to celebrate the visit of HMB Endeavour, a replica of Captain Cook’s famous ship of discovery, as it stops in Brisbane on its voyage to circumnavigate Australia in 2011 – 2012. The magnificent Endeavour is a full scale, Australian-built replica and one of the world's most accurate maritime reproductions.

Dr Nigel Erskine , Curator of Exploration at the Australian National Maritime Museum, will talk about the historic context of the Endeavour voyage, the mission that was given to Captain James Cook to search for the Great South Land, and the outcome of the voyage.

Captain Ross Mattson , the master of the Endeavour replica, will lead the voyage of the HMB Endeavour Around Australia 2011 - 2012. Listen as he shares stories of his experience working on tall ships, his role in maintaining and operating the Endeavour, and in welcoming volunteer crew members as they come aboard for a voyage.

About the speakers

Dr Nigel Erskine is Curator of Exploration at the Australian National Maritime Museum. He has a strong maritime background combining academic qualifications in history, and maritime archaeology with a trade certificate in ship and boat building. He has undertaken archaeological work on several 18th century British naval vessels lost in the Pacific and was leader of the Pitcairn Project investigating the remains of the Bounty at Pitcairn Island in 1998/89. 

Dr Erskine was Director of the Norfolk Island Museum 2000 – 2003 and led the 2002 Sirius expedition. In 2004 and 2007 he represented the Maritime Museum in the ongoing search for Cook’s Endeavour scuttled in Newport, Rhode Island in 1778. He completed his PhD on the historic archaeology of Pitcairn Island in 2004.  

The master of the Endeavour replica, Captain Ross Mattson, is a man who loves salt air, a wide open sky and the sight of square sails straining above his head. He has been working on vessels around the Australian coast for 20 years – the last 15 on square-rigged sailing ships.

Captain Ross was appointed to his present position just months after the Australian National Maritime Museum acquired the beautifully crafted replica of Captain Cook’s ship in 2005. Prior to that he served for 12 years on that other well-known Sydney Harbour tall ship, the Bounty - the last seven years as its master. "Where else in the world could I have done this?" says Ross. "Here in my home city, in the 21st century, I’ve transferred from Bligh's Bounty to Cook’s Endeavour."

At the Australian National Maritime Museum Ross Mattson is involved in every phase of Endeavour’s maintenance and operation, ensuring that it’s always ship-shape for its important role in education.

Event Details

Dates
04 May 2011, 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Location
Theatre, Level 2
Cost
Free

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