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HMS Endeavour also known as HM Bark Endeavour was a British Naval research vessel commanded by Lieutenant James Cook on his first voyage of discovery to Australia and New Zealand between 1769 and 1771. She became the first ship to reach the eastern shores of Australia in April 1770. Cook went ashore at what is now known as Botany Bay. She then sailed north up the Australian coast narrowly avoiding disaster when she ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef. Cook had to throw the guns overboard to lighten her. Endeavour was used as a troop carrier during the American Revolutionary War and was scuttled in a blockade of Narragansett bay ( Rhode Island )in 1778. The Endeavour that is moored along side the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour,Sydney is a replica launched in 1994.

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