Kenn Reefs expedition, day four (continued) and day five

Silentworld Foundation CEO and project team leader John Mullen uses a metal detector to search for artefacts in shallows off Observatory Cay, while Jacqui Mullen (background) documents a find. Image: Julia Sumerling/Silentworld Foundation.

Silentworld Foundation CEO and project team leader John Mullen uses a metal detector to search for artefacts in shallows off Observatory Cay, while Jacqui Mullen (background) documents a find. Image: Julia Sumerling/Silentworld Foundation.

While the magnetometer crew conducted its initial search west of Observatory Cay, a second team embarked upon a metal detector survey of the cay itself and searched for evidence of survivor camps associated with the wrecked vessels Bona Vista and Jenny Lind.

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Restoring hope and a fishing boat called ‘Freedom’

With all the rain in Sydney recently, you could be forgiven for forgetting what blue sky looks like. But for the Lu family, who arrived in Australia in 1977 on the Vietnamese refugee boat Tu Do, the colour sky blue is forever etched in their memories as the colour of freedom.

After the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, South Vietnamese businessman Tan Thanh Lu pooled resources with friends and built a fishing boat, Tu Do (meaning Freedom), to escape Communist Vietnam. Mr Lu painted the boat sky blue to blend into the ocean and to evade authorities and the notorious Thai pirates who preyed on boat people. Continue reading

Voyage Log: Wrap up Brisbane visit

The captain and crew of HMB Endeavour would like to thank the people of Brisbane for the overwhelming success our visit to your city has been.  We would like to thank the traditional owners of the land, the Jagara and Turrbal people, for conducting a welcoming ceremony for the ship and her crew.  It was a very moving experience which will stay with the crew for many years.  We would also like to thank the Lord Mayor for hosting a civic ceremony to welcome the crew to Brisbane, the Port of Brisbane for hosting Endeavour and Riverfestival for allowing the ship to be part of this wonderful annual event. 
 
Thanks to all who visited and all the volunteers

Thanks to all who visited the Endeavour in Brisbane and all the volunteers who helped.

Over the 5 days that the ship was open to the public, we averaged 1105 people through a day.  Without the help of our wonderful Brisbane volunteer guides, we would not be able to show the ship to the public.  Thank you for volunteering your time to share the stories of the original Endeavour, her people and the replica. Thank you to everyone who visited the ship, especially over the weekend, and patiently waiting in line for tickets.  Your support and contribution keeps Endeavour sailing, in order that we can fulfill the Australian National Maritime Museum’s commitment to sail the ship to all Australian states over the next few years