Protecting Australia's History

23 June 2014


HMB Endeavour, also known as His Majesty’s Bark Endeavour, was a British Royal Navy research vessel that Lieutenant James Cook commanded on his first voyage of discovery to Australia and New Zealand from 1769 to 1771. In April 1770, Endeavour became the first European ship to reach the east coast of Australia, when James Cook went ashore at what is now known as “Botany Bay”.

A replica of Endeavour was launched in 1994 and is berthed alongside the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney Harbour. The build began in January 1988 to commemorate the Australian Bicentenary of European settlement in Australia. Work commenced in Fremantle, Western Australia, on the replica of Endeavour and the vessel was commissioned in April 1994. The replica vessel commenced her maiden voyage in October of that year, sailing to Sydney Harbour and then following James Cook's path from Botany Bay northward to Cooktown.

From 1996 to 2002, the replica retraced Cook's ports of call around the world, arriving in the original Endeavour vessel’s home port of Whitby in May 1997 and June 2002. While in Whitby and as part of the original fit out the spaces containing the generator exhaust ducts were fitted with two NAFSIII gas suppression systems.

 In 2014 as part of the vessels continuing maintenance program an alternative and green alternative was sought by the Australian National Maritime Museum to replace the older gas system. After an in-depth investigation Fire Protection Technologies supplied Sevo Flex Novec 1230 indirect gas system was chosen and installed by Austratronics in Sydney.