It took $17 million and decades
A Long Journey to Portsmouth, NH
The idea of building a precise Endeavour replica evolved during the 200th anniversary of the ship in England in the 1960s, but did not get off the launch pad. Because Cook effectively "discovered" Australia, the project began there in 1988. The project ran into funding trouble, was nearly bailed out by a Japanese firm, and finally revived in 1991 by a new foundation in Sydney, Australia. The second HM Bark Endeavour was commissioned on April 16, 1994.
The three-masted sailing ship then set out to retrace Cooks famous research voyages around the world. Operated by a crew of 47 on the 100 foot ship, the modern Endeavour can sail like its predecessor. It also contains modern amenities including engines, electric galley, generators and modern communications.
Cook did not visit the United States. His voyages began during the United States Revolutionary Era. With the US no longer a repository for British convicts, Cook's discovery of the continent of Australia came in handy as a backup island prison. America's fight for freedom, in effect, led to the new British penal colony "down under".
Cost to build: $17 million
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