Australian National Maritime Museum seeks Port Lincoln volunteers to help with tall ship Endeavour

Sydney’s Australian National Maritime Museum is looking for volunteers to act as guides and shipkeepers when the full-scale replica of Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour visits the Eyre Peninsula next month (February 2012).

The beautifully crafted square-rigger will be moored at Port Lincoln. It will be open for inspection for 5 days from 4-8 February from 10 am to 5 pm (last entry 4 pm).

Volunteers are needed to act as tour guides while the ship is open to the public, showing visitors through the ship and sharing its history.

Volunteer overnight shipkeepers are also needed to look after the ship while in port.... you’ll spend the night on board Endeavour taking turns keeping watch and sleeping in a hammock. Everyone who volunteers will get to know the ship inside out.

The group will receive training and a lot of information that will help them interpret the ship and its features for visitors. The training day in Port Lincoln will be Wednesday 1 February but application forms need to be sent in by Friday 13 January in order for police checks to be processed.

In addition the volunteers will receive a Certificate of Appreciation, a 20% discount off museum merchandise, a free Endeavour bucket hat and water bottle, a ‘thank-you’ morning tea before the ship departs and free admission to the museum in Sydney for 12 months.

Cook’s Endeavour sailed into history when it circumnavigated the globe in 1768-71. Among other achievements, Cook explored and charted the east coast of Australia in 1770.

The magnificent replica, launched in Fremantle WA in 1993, is an 18th century tall ship with a difference… it has modern amenities (including twin engines) hidden away in the ‘cargo hold.’

When in port the vessel is presented as a ‘floating museum’, with visitors experiencing the ship as if Cook and his crew have just stepped ashore ... charts lay on the table in the Great Cabin, a meal is half-eaten on the mess deck tables and bunks are ready for a night’s rest. Entry to Endeavour is $18 adults, $9 child or $38 families.

Endeavour departed Sydney on 15 April 2011 for a historic 13 month circumnavigation of Australia and will open in many regional ports along the way.

Anyone interested in helping as a volunteer guide in Port Lincoln can download the application form at www.endeavourvoyages.com.au or can contact the Volunteers Office at the National Maritime Museum on (02) 9298 3777 or email volsoffice@anmm.gov.au