A blog series by Steward Bill Ellemor from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Sydney to Geelong. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.
Day One, Tuesday 9 February 2016
Once again, to sea! Our new voyage crew and supernumeraries came on board at 0800, stowed their gear and a new round of briefing and training began. Shortly before 1000 the first of our pilots came aboard. His task was soon finished as we travelled a short distance off the pier and anchored again—in pretty much the same place where we spent last Thursday night.
Training continued under the guidance of some professional crew, while others brought our second pilot aboard and we weighed anchor at around 1400. It was after 1630 when we finally cleared the Geelong Channel and headed across open water towards Arthur’s Seat. On this section, fire and man overboard drills were conducted.
As we approached Port Phillip Heads the pilot boat came alongside to take our pilot aboard, then escorted us through The Rip, and shortly after 2300 we turned our faces towards Cape Otway. The announced plan this morning suggests we will motor all night, reaching the cape tomorrow morning.
On the crew front, voyagers are not entirely new to the scene. Marie is back for voyage no.6, Peter is converting his dozen into a baker’s dozen, two of the younger crew have sailed on Young Endeavour, and there is a fair smattering of other sailing experience as well.
As on the previous voyage, we will be including a question each day relating to an item of historical interest. The first question for this voyage concerns an interesting quirk of Cook’s Endeavour voyage: What is the connection between Jean Francois-Marie de Surville and James Cook?
– Bill Ellemor, Steward