HMB ENDEAVOUR: The foredeck

This gallery contains five images from the foredeck, or front part of the ship.

1. Click on the play button in the bottom left corner to hear some interesting facts about each image.

2. Click on the transcript button in the bottom left corner to read some interesting facts about each image.

3. Click on Next button in the bottom right corner to move to next image.

The Endeavour has three masts which are square rigged.

The Endeavour has three masts which are square rigged.
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Transcript of audio file:

There are three masts on this ship and we work the sails by pulling on those ropes. It is called rigging and there are ten miles of rope up there and 750 wooden blocks. On this ship it’s a lot of work to learn the ropes.

One of the four anchors of the Endeavour.

One of the Endeavour anchor cast in iron.
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Transcript of audio file:

Do you know how many anchors we have on this ship? Four! We use different ones depending on the tide and currents in the sea.

The windlass is used to raise or lower the ship's anchors.

The windlass is an horizontal winch turned by levers to raise or lower the ship's anchors.
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Transcript of audio file:

The anchors are raised and let go by the catheads and pulled up using the windlass, a horizontal winch turned manually by long wooden bars. You need three men to turn the winch with the wooden bars.

The Ship's bell marks the time for sailors on watch.

The ship's bell made of brass hangs from a wooden framework in front of the first mast.
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Transcript of audio file:

This is the ship’s bell. A ship’s day starts at 12 noon and ends at 12 noon the next day. We tell the time by ringing the bell a certain number of times. The bell also tells me when it is my time to go on watch.

A seat of ease - one of lavatories used by the sailors

This wooden board with round hole extends from the starboard side of the bow and has a companion on the other side. A rope with a tassled end hangs nearby.
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Transcript of audio file:

Now that is the seat of ease. That’s the toilet. No, we don’t have a door. See that rope – well that’s what you use to wipe; just dip it in the salt water after each use.