32⁰ 10.79’ S 115⁰ 41.16’E
Distance travelled: 10.4 nm
Average speed: 3.5 knots
The HMB Endeavour is heading out to sea once more, with another shipload of excited and happy voyage crew and just as excited professional crew. We have sailed this morning to resume our circumnavigation and begin the 7 day voyage to Albany. Though of course not before the Fremantle community united on the wharf in celebration of HMB Endeavour sailing once more from the Port where she was built all those years ago…
Among the crowd were not only families and friends of the new voyage crew, but among them were volunteers from when HMB Endeavour was first commissioned, wearing their navy and white striped uniforms and “HMB Endeavour” weaved straw hats.
As well as a pipe band, who played beautifully as we departed in the traditional kilts and outfits there were a group of men dressed as 18th century marines who lined up and stood to attention on the edge of the wharf and as we sailed, they stepped forward and fired blanks in our direction, and as a response Endeavours crew readied and fired a cannon blank back towards the marines which created an almighty cheer from the onlookers on Victoria Quay.
After all of the excitement from the leaving celebration all the voyage crew have started to settle into their new roles as sailor’s onboard and are making themselves at home.
Just as a last note from the Endeavour and her crew for today, we would like to send out a very heartfelt “thank you” to all of those who volunteered or assisted with the ships movements during ISAF also to the continuous support we have had from the Fremantle Ports and the Fremantle, Perth and regional communities of Western Australia.