Day 2 Melbourne – Eden

Latitude; 38°21’S

Longitude; 144°49’E

Distance run in the last 6.5hrs; 36NM

Average speed; 5.5KN

The training continues after lunch and it is an intense day of information over load. At 1500 the pilot boards the ship and the officers get into position for when we leave the wharf. We have a nudge boat on standby, as our own rescue boat is sent under the Bolte Bridge to measure the clearance distance to ensure that we will safely fit under. It is a very tricky berth for us to get out of and unfortunately the wind has picked up from the north which is straight on to the bow of the ship. We have to carefully time it right in between the gusts as we lose line by line, it is a very long 15 minutes as we start to slip the lines and all the professional crew are like coiled springs waiting for their command to complete the action as quickly and as smoothly as possible. We clear the ‘pen’ as we refer to it and now we face our next challenge of passing straight in the middle of the bridge where the clearance is at its highest. It would usually be an easy task but with other vessels in the vicinity and also the wind now hitting our starboard side it makes the process much harder.

We make it through and it is a nail bighting moment as there just never looks the space when we pass under a bridge. We are going to proceed to Cabel Sound where we will anchor for the night as we will have to wait for the slack (low) tide tomorrow which will not be until 1500. Port Phillip is a huge bay and we don’t anticipate to be anchored until 2130. So it is now time for the new crew to get to work as well as learn the ropes and proceed with their training. First we are required to get our fenders on board, which on a normal yacht would only take one person, but for our buoys it takes two watches to lift and manoeuvre them on board.  As we have been alongside for two weeks they have got pretty slimy with algae and so Ashlee and Bruce volunteer to wash it all down before getting the lashed down for sea.

When it comes to anchoring it is the lucky Foremast who gets to handle the anchor cable and experience the sensation of tar which can only be described as having treacle on your hands and equally as challenging to wash off, as Melissa discovered. There were no bumps in the night and so everyone slept safe although I am not sure they slept well. There was heavy rain at 0300 for the mainmast watch who were on anchor watch at the time, I can just imagine a few of them green with envy knowing that the other watches are quietly, dry and warm in slumber land.

The morning brings a very busy day for continued training and also the forecast is bringing us some strong winds so the crew need to go aloft and reef the fore topsail and the main topsail to give us optimum sail in the forthcoming conditions.

All’s well.

9 thoughts on “Day 2 Melbourne – Eden

  1. Good morning.
    Touching base with you as my partner and I will be on duty managing the Point Hicks Lightstation from this coming Saturday 5th May. We are wondering do you have any idea on what day you might be sailing passed Point Hicks on your travels to Eden. You would realise within our history, that Point Hicks was the first sighting of the great southern land that Zachary Hicks (Captain Cooks Lieutenant saw) and Captain Cook named this spot after Zachary @ 6.00am on 19th April 1770 (nautical date). We are so looking forward to seeing the Endevour Replica sail passed as this place has such a strong connection to the Endevour and all who sailed back in 1770. We wish that the jetty was still here as you would of been most welcome to stop here and we would of hosted you and all who are sailing on the Endevour Replica.
    Congratulations on such an amazing voyage and hope to see you sailing passed, hopefully during the day.
    Look forward to your Email.
    Kind Regards
    Suzanne Davies

    • Hi Suzanne,

      Thank you for your enquiry, at the moment we are heavily relying on the weather as the voyage has got off to a rollie start. I would advise you to keep checking the blog but also look at the website which has a chart with our position on it. I couldn’t tell you what day or time we would expect to pass by Point Hicks at this moment in time, however there is a chance that unfortunately we might not get too close to the coast as there is an ‘area to be avoided’ on the chart where I believe there are oil and gas wells and so weather dependant we may keep south of the area. Whilst we do try and explore those special area’s named and visited by Cook, we are sometimes disappointed that the conditions just don’t allow us to and also safety is as always paramount to our crew and voyage crew. Fingers crossed that we can hopefully sail within viewing distance and within day light hours, but as always with 18th century sailing there is no guarantees.

      All the best
      Endeavour crew

  2. Hi Ellie,

    Can you please wipe the camera lens periodically as I am enjopying the webcast, but the view is slowly deteriorating (much like the weather it would seem)

    Ian – Mizzen 9 Hob – Melb

  3. We, the students and staff of Marlo Primary School (27 students) would like to ask if the HMB Endeavour will be visible from land here at Marlo (east of Lakes Entrance and west of Point Hicks) and on what date. We’d love to try to see the ship and am following your blogs. Sounds amazing. Some students may even be able to visit the ship in Eden when you berth there. From Lynette Greenwood and Grade 3-6

    • Hi Lynette,

      As previously explained it is hard for us to able to confirm this at present, but there are a lot of oil and gas rigs that we need to avoid and we might well go to the south of them. The only thing I can do is advise you to keep an eye on the blog, facebook and alos the tracker on the website at;

      Sorry for being so vague but we do try and sail the ship and so we are always restricted with the weather as well as modern time scales. I will try and keep you up to date over the next couple of days.

      All the best
      Endeavour crew

  4. An awesome experience for all! Wish the webcam was active 24/7 not just from 12noon to 1pm each day when I am at work! Best wishes to all the crew….especially my brother Gary Haspell.

    Margot Benoit

  5. Ahoy Endeavor, and especially Frank Landy. We were all glad to hear that you survived your first turn up the mast. How about the sea-sickness? Did it hit you too? Not much news from here. Buckley would say Hi if he understood where you were.

    Bev Landy

  6. Ahoy Simon, Best wishes on an amazing experience. How are our sea-legs holding up?

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