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Building of the Replica HM Barque Endeavour

The Australian-built reconstruction of James Cook's HMB
Endeavour is considered one of the world's most accurate maritime reproductions. The ship visited Adelaide on its circumnavigation of Australia in February
2012. Those who visited it in Port Adelaide got a real sense of the living conditions during a great maritime
adventure, Cook's epic 1768-71 world voyage.
The construction of this beautifully crafted ship began in a specially designed shipyard in Fremantle, Western Australia, in 1988. HMB Endeavour was launched five years later and the ship nowadays resides
with the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. In this public lecture, we will hear about the construction process from its master shipwright Bill Leonard. He will share his experience and take us on a journey into the mind of a shipwright and the wooden boatbuilding practices of the eighteenth century.
Bill Leonard curates the historic watercraft collection of the Western Australian Museum, but he is best
known for his work as the shipwright of the sailing reconstructions of 1606 Dutch East India Company ship
Duyfken and Captain Cook’s HM Bark Endeavour. Nowadays, he works on several historic-boat-recording projects around Western Australia in order to preserve them on paper, i.e. construction and lines drawings.
To be held: Friday 21 September 2012, 6:00pm–7:30pm
Hetzel Theatre, Institute Building
State Library of South Australia
Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide
For more information contact the Professional Practice & Postgraduate Services Unit
Tel: 08 8201 5774 or


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