The Endeavour was built in 1954 for the U.S. Army. She is 72 feet long with a draft of 6 feet and a beam of 17 feet. The hull is welded Corten steel, with a full displacement of 100 tons and a range of 3,000 nautical miles. She is a stout little ship.
Salon and Galley
The boat accommodates up to seven guests plus crew. There are two bunk rooms and more berths in the salon and pilothouse. There are two heads, both with showers.
The walk-around engine room includes the main engine, two diesel generators, a tool bench, arc welder, air compressor, a desalinator, and a full-sized washer-dryer.
There is a 1-ton crane on the top deck.
The Endeavour carries two shore boats: a 13.5-foot jet boat for getting up rivers and a 14-foot Zodiak-style boat with a standard propellor outboard. It also carries two kayaks, with room for two more. There is a hot-water washdown on the main deck.
The ground tackle is a 250-pound Navy stockless anchor with 600 feet of 1/2-inch chain, backed up by a second 100-pound Navy stockless.
For open-ocean work, the boat has paravane stabilizers to reduce rolling in adverse seas, and a parachute anchor for over-nighting offshore.
Engine Room Access
Electronics include multiple GPS receivers, chart plotters, radios, a 12-mile radar, a 2000-foot sonar, autopilot, and a subsystem that monitors all tanks, temperatures, batteries, and electrical use. When needed, the boat can tow side-scan sonars, sub-bottom profilers, magnetometers, and other equipment.
Safety equipment includes immersion suits for all hands, a 6-person life raft, and satellite communications.
True to her mission as a research vessel, this little ship is named the Endeavour, after Captain James Cook's ship on his first voyage of discovery to the South Pacific in 1768.
For a history of this Endeavour, click here.