A voyage to Adelaide: Attending the 2017 AIMA conference

Archaeology on the Great Barrier Reef. Image: ANMM.

Shipwrecks and maritime archaeology are key parts of understanding Australian’s history as a land that is gurt by sea. Image: Measuring artefacts in situ, during an archaeological dive on the Great Barrier Reef, 2013 / ANMM.

Over the past six months, Em Blamey, Creative Producer at the museum, and I have travelled Australia engaging regional and remote maritime museums with the exhibition project Submerged: Stories of Australia’s shipwrecks. In late September, we were honoured to attend the 2017 AIMA Conference: Claimed by the Sea, to present the results of our endeavours.

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Endeavour: Adelaide to Port Lincoln, day 6

Furling the main course. Image: ANMM.

Furling the main course. Image: ANMM.

A blog series by Steward John Cowie from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Adelaide to Port Lincoln. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.

Thursday 3 March 2016 

Wind South East Force 4 to 5

Day 6 activity began shortly after midnight as we maneuvered under sail amongst the various islands and rocks lying off Port Lincoln. For the voyage crew and supernumeraries in particular, it was an opportunity to understand the intricacies of navigation and the importance of light houses and beacons.

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Endeavour: Adelaide to Port Lincoln, days 4-5

Taking a bearing. Image: ANMM.

Taking a bearing. Image: ANMM.

A blog series by Steward John Cowie from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Adelaide to Port Lincoln. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.

Tuesday 1 March 2016 

At Sea, near the Spencer Gulf, sunny, low swell, wind.

The last 24 hours has seen a variety of conditions ranging from flat calm to about Force 4.

Overnight the topgallants were taken in as a safety precaution but by breakfast they were back up making it 13 sails to catch a promising sou’west breeze.

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Endeavour: Adelaide to Port Lincoln, days 2-3

Sailing with One & All. Image: ANMM.

Sailing with One & All. Image: ANMM.

A blog series by Steward John Cowie from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Adelaide to Port Lincoln. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.

Sunday 28 February 2016

At sea, sunny, low swell, wind Force 4, SE.

Day 2 found the ship well on the way to Kangaroo Island with substantial miles under the belt. The crew were becoming familiar with the ship and to complete their education they were introduced to “Happy Hour” activities where all hands clean the ship. A clean ship is a happy ship!

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Endeavour: Adelaide to Port Lincoln, day 1

Crowd on Mclaren Wharf. Image: ANMM.

Crowd on Mclaren Wharf. Image: ANMM.

A blog series by Steward John Cowie from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Adelaide to Port Lincoln. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.

Thursday 25 February 2016

McLaren Wharf, 25 Feb 2016 – sunny, hot, light breeze.

Replacement professional crew began arriving while school children and the public continued to visit. After everyone had departed and the ship closed, the Captain received a framed photograph of the ship from the Citizens of Port Adelaide.

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Endeavour: Geelong to Adelaide, day 11

Snugged down at Port Adelaide.

Snugged down at Port Adelaide.

A blog series by Steward Bill Ellemor from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Geelong to Adelaide. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.

Friday 19 February 2016

In the last few days voyage crew and supers seemed to really come together as a group, not just the individual watches but the group as a whole — perhaps a function of being a smaller crew — so that at voyage end there was much warmth and good humour on board. At the final voyage, crew and supers meeting with the Captain, after certificates and track charts were distributed a moving thank you speech was made by Alan and acclaimed by all.

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Endeavour: Geelong to Adelaide, day 10

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Mister Blue hiding under the bowsprit

A blog series by Steward Bill Ellemor from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Geelong to Adelaide. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.

Thursday 18 February 2016

We have had a stowaway on board this voyage. With Enterprize (enterprize.org.au) on the next wharf during our Geelong stay, and crew to-ing and fro-ing between the ships, it is perhaps not surprising that Enterprize’s mascot, Mister Blue, was still on board when we set sail — Eden is strongly suspected. Throughout the voyage Mister Blue has appeared in various spots around the ship, even disappeared from time to time. His latest perch is under the bowsprit, like a miniature figurehead—see if you can spot him in the picture.

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Endeavour: Geelong to Adelaide, day 9

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Salute to Victor Harbour

A blog series by Steward Bill Ellemor from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Geelong to Adelaide. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.

Wednesday 17 February 2016

In the absence of One and All, our planned re-enactment became more of a salute to Victor Harbor. The night passage — mostly sailing — saw us off Victor Harbor at dawn. As we drew slowly closer to the breakwater (and as the townsfolk became aware of our presence) people could be seen on shore, especially at the lookout, and spectator craft approached. Of most interest was the fleet of sea kayaks, 7 or 8 of them in all. Timing our closest approach, almost exactly to the planned 0800, Captain John’s voice called loudly enough to wake the town: “fire the port cannon!”. A suitably appreciative response could be heard from the spectator craft as shredded pieces of Navy News settled on the water beneath the smoke of the cannon shot.

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Endeavour: Geelong to Adelaide, day 8

First shore party.

First shore party.

A blog series by Steward Bill Ellemor from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Geelong to Adelaide. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.

Tuesday 16 February 2016

The opportunity offered today for a shore excursion was eagerly taken up by most voyage crew and supers, and several professional crew as well. By c.1015 Eddie and Rachel had chosen a landing point and the first shore party was away. Once on dry land most took the opportunity to go walking, or just sit and enjoy the peace and quiet of an isolated beach. Only our hardy bosun, Matt, ventured a swim. Sandwiches were brought ashore for a picnic lunch on the beach. In the early afternoon the tender began taking return passengers; by 1600 all were back on board. Soon afterwards, a lone fairy penguin swam by the ship, a sighting that was widely enjoyed.

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Endeavour: Geelong to Adelaide, day 7

Antechamber Bay.

Antechamber Bay.

A blog series by Steward Bill Ellemor from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Geelong to Adelaide. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.

Monday 15 February 2016

In the pink and grey early morning light (“Galah light,” according to Peter), those on dawn watch had an encounter with a pod of spinner dolphins. By the time the rest of the crew woke and came on deck land was in sight — Fleurieu Peninsula. Meanwhile down below, with nasi goreng on the breakfast menu, Paula got into costume to serve it. As the morning wore on Kangaroo Island came into view and Backstairs Passage— between KI and the mainland — became clear. By 1400 we were nudging into our chosen anchorage of Antechamber Bay, and by 1500 we were snugged down.

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Endeavour: Geelong to Adelaide, day 6

Endeavour minus main top gallant. Image: Paula Tinney

Endeavour, minus main top gallant. Image: Paula Tinney

A blog series by Steward Bill Ellemor from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Geelong to Adelaide. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.

Sunday 14 February 2016

Last night’s conditions were not conducive to restful sleep. With the wind in the wrong quarter, we had to travel under engine power all night, which is usually a rougher ride. Add to that, being side-on to a rolling swell from the port beam, and the ship jumped around like a cranky horse. Most people managed to catch up on lost sleep to some extent during the day.

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Endeavour: Geelong to Adelaide, day 3

Rachel aloft at sunrise

Rachel aloft at sunrise

A blog series by Steward Bill Ellemor from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Geelong to Adelaide. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.

Day Three, Thursday 11 February 2016

As the sun rose astern of us the clouds above the rigging glowed gold. Rachael was already aloft casting off the main topsail gasket as sleepy crew began to appear on the deck below. Nearest point of land on the starboard horizon? Just east of Warrnambool. After breakfast and morning briefing we set some more sail taking our speed up to around 3 knots as we continued on our westerly course all day. With the sea benign and the ship sailing well, it was another relaxed afternoon on board, giving crew a further opportunity to catch up on sleep as they adjust to our rotating watch system.

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Endeavour: Geelong to Adelaide Voyage, day 2

HMB Endeavour on the way to Cape Otway

A blog series by Steward Bill Ellemor from on board the Australian National Maritime Museum’s HMB Endeavour replica as it sails from Geelong to Adelaide. See our Sail the Endeavour page to learn more about joining voyages like this.

Day Two, Wednesday 10 February 2016

As dawn broke we could see the Airey’s Inlet lighthouse and nearby Lorne. A little later evidence of the recent Otway bushfire could also be seen along the Great Ocean Road coast. As lunchtime approached, the Cape Otway lighthouse came into view; we passed it at about 1230. It seemed a lazy sort of afternoon—sunny and pleasant, gently pitching over a long swell—with no sail handling to do so light duties all round. Many caught up on some sleep. Finally, however, at around 1930 the engines were powered down and by 2000 we were at last under sail. Everyone breathed a sigh. Ahhh!

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Endeavour: Geelong to Adelaide, day 1

Farewell Geelong

Farewell Geelong

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.

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Endeavour sails and so could you

 

With just days to go, there is still lots of work to prepare HMB Endeavour Replica for its upcoming voyages. Apart from organising bookings, logistics and crew, the ship is being made ready, and last-minute maintenance and painting scheduled.

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