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Endeavour replica visits Hawai`i
Sailed around the world by Captain James Cook from 1768 to 1771, the original HM Bark Endeavour and its crew explored the southern Pacific and observed astrological phenomena. Although the ship did not accompany Cook on his second and third voyages, which included stops in Hawai'i, the ship is forever linked to Cook's name and fortune as England's greatest navigator and to his death in the Islands. In October 1999, the spirit of Cook returned to Hawai'i, when the ship visited Kealakekua Bay and Kona on the Big Island, followed by stops in Honolulu and Port Allen on Kaua'i. Hundreds of islanders stepped aboard Endeavour, which operates as a floating museum while in port.
In 1988, inspired by Australia's Bicentennial and Cook's role in mapping their coast, a group of Australians began building a replica of the Endeavour in a Fremantle shipyard. Using traditional methods of construction and rigging whenever possible, she is regarded by many as the most accurately reproduced replica ever built. While making allowances for modern safety standards and communication equipment, the ship maintains the look and performance of the historical vessel.
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