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Norma n R.Wright & Sons
“BOATS ARE OUR PASSION WE’VE BEEN BUILDING THEM FOR OVER 100 YEARS”
Classic Boat Gathering
Saturday July 12th - RQYS Canaipa
To celebrate Norman R Wright and Sons 105th anniversary
Bill and Ian Wright extend an invite to clients, past clients,
owners, past owners, friends and lovers of classic boats to join
them at RQYS Canaipa - Saturday 12th July 2014 from 11am.
Bring your wooden sailing dinghies along for display and
infor mal races. Beer and wine provided, please prov ide
your own food.
For More Information
And To Register Your
Attendance Please call
(07) 3399 3911
or email - firstname.lastname@example.org .au
Ships of science from both nations enjoyed immunity from
sinking or seizure under ‘passports of safe passage’ which allowed
British and French ships to seek assistance from either nation.
As an example, this regime provided the basis for La Perouse to
visit Sydney in 1788 where he landed his journals for forwarding
to Paris. The French explorer was subsequently lost north of New
Caledonia but his journals arrived safely in France.
While it is not possible to entirely replicate the circumstances
or the conduct of a voyage under safe passage, negotiations
are underway to recapture the essence of that period and it is
hoped that Endeavour will sail under a similar arrangement. To
bring authenticity to the event, Endeavour will empty her guns as
she enters the port of Noumea and scientific data will be landed
with the French authorities for transmission back to Australia.
Although the voyage is designed to bring focus to the efforts
of British and French explorers in that part of the world, it is also
an opportunity for the general public to participate in sailing
this fine ship.
Endeavour is manned by a professional crew of 16 and
augmented by 36 trainees, officially referred to as voyage crew.
Voyage crew pay for the experience, sleep in hammocks and help
work the ship, keep watches, climb the rig, set and hand in sail.
The ages of voyage crew range from early 20s to mid-60s and all
contribute to the level they are able to. People are encouraged
but are never required to go beyond their capabilities.
If sailing as voyage crew sounds a little too adventurous, there
are four places onboard for supernumeraries. Supernumeraries
are essentially passengers and sleep in the small gentlemen’s
cabins once occupied by Cook’s men of science such as Banks
and Solander. They participate in the running of the ship only
to the level they choose although most quickly grow to realise
that the real rewards come from sailing the ship. Many opt to
stand at least day watches.
Whether voyage crew or supernumeraries, opportunities
exist onboard to learn about square rig sailing and navigation.
By the end of a voyage, everyone knows the difference between
a course and a topgallant and almost everyone can determine
their latitude from a noon sight and plot a fix derived from
compass bearings. The voyage is also used to impart a greater
understanding of James Cook and give people an appreciation
for the history and traditions of the sea. By the time you finish
a voyage in Endeavour, you might not be an ‘old tar’ but you’ll
never be quite the same.
For more information on Endeavour ’s next voyage including
how to register your interest, visit www.endeavourvoyages.com.au.
* John Dikkenberg is Master of HMB Endeavour.
HMB Endeavour departs Jervis Bay in about 40 knots of wind.
Photo taken from James Craig. Both ships were headed to Sydney
for the International Fleet Review.
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