Endeavour Harbour Adventure – Half-Day Sails

HMB Endeavour’s four half-day sails on Sydney Harbour passed in quick succession. With the Easter school holidays now firmly gripping us it was a great chance for young, old and families alike to enjoy a cruise on the harbour with a twist.

We were lucky enough to have a special guest on board with us over the two days… Antonio Ponto, an 18th-century Italian sailor from Cook’s original Endeavour crew. Antonio helped our crew entertain our ‘midshipmen’- the younger passengers.

Crew member Amy gets some help on the helm

Crew member Amy gets some help on the helm

A lot of our passengers travelled from far and wide for an opportunity to come on Endeavour. We even had a Scout troop come all the way from Goulburn!

Antonio took the children through the ship in search of Captain Cook’s sextant which he had misplaced. Luckily they found it and Antonio avoided feeling the sting of the cat’o’nine tails!

Antonio Ponto with his 'midshipmen'

Antonio Ponto with his 'midshipmen'

One group of passengers were even lucky enough to spot two small penguins swimming in the waters between the Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison on the port side of the ship. Their small squeaks and squawks alerted everyone to their presence.

So after four fantastic half-day sails and two jam-packed days for the crew, we are eagerly awaiting our next adventure – a voyage to Broken Bay via the deep blue sea.

Ship’s Steward Kat Lindsay

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