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Australian National Maritime Museum

Caloundra – Passing

11 May 2011

Just an update to let you know that we are well ahead of our schedule and will be passing Caloundra at 1140 and not 1500 as anticipated. Steaming up the coast at 7knots!

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Day 1 Brisbane – Gladstone

10 May 2011

So the day of our departure has arrived. All the new crew are all checked in this morning by 0830 eager, keen, clean and ready for our departure at 1000. We left the pontoon with many spectators coming to bid farewell. The canon was fired to show our regards, gratuity and to make sure everyone was aware that we are leaving Brisbane. Our second canon, which we were saving to fire once we had got under the Gateway Bridge, was fired prematurely. As we approached Lourdes Hill College we had a huge cheer and wave from all the pupils and so we thought it only right that we show our gratefulness. I think that there was more noise from the screams of the pupils than the actual canon fire! Although there is much happening on deck there does seem to be a certain quietness in the air which has us all puzzled, until we realise that it is because Darbey has lost his voice.

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Australian National Maritime Museum

Brisbane Visitation

10 May 2011

We have had a fantastic two weeks in Brisbane with a warm welcome and continuous outstanding hospitality. During our stay in Brisbane the ship has been open to the public for 11 days and has had over 9000 visitors. We had over 80 volunteer guides and night ship keepers, who did a sterling job of making sure that all the visitors had the full Endeavour experience, so thank you for all your help. There have also been many other people involved behind the scenes such as personnel from Riverside so a big thank you to all those involved. But the biggest thank you goes to everyone that visited the ship while in port we hope that you enjoyed your time onboard as much as we enjoyed our time in Brisbane. Thank you

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Endeavour replica and space shuttle captains exchange well-wishes

30 Apr 2011

Endeavour Captain Ross Mattson has exchanged well wishes with the Commander of NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour, Captain Mark E. Kelly, who is preparing for the shuttle’s final mission to space which was to be his Friday 29 April 2011 (US time) – on the 241st anniversary of James Cook’s landing in Botany Bay [the departure has had to be delayed, new date to be confirmed].

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