There is nothing as enchanting as a model ship on the mantel or in the showcase. If displayed properly, even those who are without much nautical interest can be bowled over by a beautifully crafted ship model, particularly if the said ship has an illustrious place in the annals of history, as is the case with the HMS Endeavour Ship model.
The HMS Endeavour Model is built to resemble the HMS Endeavour ship, formerly also known as the ‘Earl of Pembroke’. She was also known as the HMS Bark Endeavour and she underwent a major revamp in 1768. She was initially commanded by Lieutenant James Cook.
The Endeavour was built in 1764 after which the Navy purchased her for a scientific mission on the Pacific. After this, she was renamed as ‘His Majesty’s Bark The Endeavour’ and set sail on largely uncharted waters of the South. In September 1969, she became the very first vessel to reach New Zealand after 127 years. She also became the first vessel to reach the Eastern Coast of Australia. Following her long journey, she underwent extensive repairs in the Dutch East Indies. However, her crew was sworn to secrecy so that they do not divulge details regarding the places they had visited.
Thus, the HMS Endeavour was instrumental in mapping much of the Southern continents. She was also immensely helpful in cataloguing the numerous and variegated wild life in the Australian coast. In the course of her journey, she made significant contributions to navigation, geography, biology and seamanship.
The HMS Endeavour boasts of a superb body design. She sports a flat-bottomed design with three masts. She also has a planked deck and large lifeboats. The model ship is totally handcrafted and made to look just like its real life design with three masts and lifeboats. Lifeboats even have oars! In fact, designers of the model ship take special care to build the ship to exact specifications as the real ship. Even those who do not know much about ships will find something to admire when they see this beautifully crafted vessel. High quality wood is used to make the model, often teak double plank boards are used for the frame. The authentic color of the HMS Endeavour ship models is one of the best ways of identifying high quality workmanship from cheap fakes.
The fully laminated deck is cut to show its intricate design. The decks are made of teak wood and are generally treated with wood varnish so that the deck has the rich, natural look of wood. Reputed makers of model ships pay attention to minute details so that they can craft vessels that are life-like. For this purpose, masts made of real wood are used for the ship model.