Sydney International Naval Review Endeavour

The Endeavour (launched 1993) as a replica of Cook’s ship which discovered Australia travels the Harbour to welcome naval vessels from around the world.

While the centrepiece of the Australian Navy centenary were naval vessels from around the world (see a photojournal of the naval ships), the grace of a flotilla of wooden tall ships reminded everyone of the golden age of sea travel. While wooden ships sailed from as far afield as Canada and the Netherlands, popular locally are the Endeavour, a replica ship to that sailed by Captain Cook on his journeys discovering Australia, New Zealand and witnessing the Transit of Venus and the three-masted James Craig, built in 1874 and extensively refurbished.

Sydney International Naval Review James Craig

Stationed in Sydney, the James Craig was launched in 1874 and still sails some 140 years later.

Sydney International Naval Review Tall Ship South Passage

South Passage is one of sixteen tall ships to help celebrate the Australian Navy centenary.

A huge fireworkscelebration capped the events with over a million Sydneysiders estimates to have packed the harbour foreshores to watch fireworks launched from seven ships and the Harbour Bridge.

Sydney International Naval Review Endeavour at Dock

To think that Captain Cook sailed the world in a ship this size…the replica HMS Endeavour

Sydney International Naval Review Tall Ship in Port

Tall ships in the afternoon light

Sydney International Naval Review Tangle of Tall Ship Masts

A tangle of masts at the docks

Sydney International Naval Review Fireworks Light the Sky

Spectacular fireworks launched from naval vessels light Sydney Harbour

Sydney International Naval Review Fireworks

Fireworks launched from a naval ship



2 Responses to Invasion! International Navy Fleet Review (Sydney, Australia): Part Two

  • Beautiful shots.

    Here’s a great tall ship directory of many traditionally rigged, Class A vessels that participated in the Sydney event, like Picton Castle, Oosterschelde and The Lord Nelson.


    • Mark H says:

      Thom, Sounds like you are quite a tall ships enthusiast. Did you participate in the race to NZ after the naval festivities?

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