Latitude: 
23° 50' South
Longitude: 
151° 19'
Conditions: 
At anchor off Gladstone, Wind:SE at 14 knots.
Situation at 20:00-

Today's early morning activity consisted of giving the upperdeck and the bulwarks a thorough scrubbing down. This was in preparation for the half-day sail. After weighing anchor, we entered Gladstone harbour and secured alongside at 09:00. The YOUNG ENDEAVOUR Youth Scheme had arranged for forty members from the Rockhampton North Special School and the Stepping Out Youth Group to be our guests and once they had arrived, the Ship sailed at 10:00. The weather cooperated and once clear of the harbour the Youth Crew were able to
show off their ability to set both fore-and-aft and square sails. The Youth Crew did a magnificant job of acting as hosts for our guests,
and it was evident from the pride they displayed that they are fully fledged members of YOUNG ENDEAVOUR's Ship's Company.


Once we had said farewell to our guests, the Ship returned to anchor and the Youth Crew started the tedious job of harbour furling the sails. Twenty knots of wind didn't make the job an easy one but
all hands turned to with a will and before long Chef Polly was calling us to supper. For the past two hours the end-of-voyage talks have been ongoing. This provides an opportunity for each member of the Youth Crew to reflect and discuss what were their highlights and lowlights of the voyage, and to consider what,if any, attributes they have learned that they hope to transfer into their future lives. The end-of-voyage talks also provide feedback to the Staff Crew into how to improve the YOUNG ENDEAVOUR experience for future voyages.


YOUNG ENDEAVOUR fact file: Since the arrival of YOUNG ENDEAVOUR in Australia in 1988, close to 6,000 Young Australians have passed through the Ship as Youth Crew members. A half-day sail is held each voyage to enable Young Australians who are unable to participate in a 10-day voyage, to experience life aboard our national tallship.


Thought of the day: Water finds its own level. Gregory Francis Goddard

Yours, Aye

John Cowan


Ahoy from Dr Sue,

Well, its the last evening of our voyage, which has only been ten days. The friendships that have been forged within the Youth Crew will result in tinges of sadness as we all leave to go back to our homes and families. The Investigators people were together for some months, and Flinders letters to Ann Chappell reveal some of the
emotions he felt, and we can only imagine the bonds and mateship among the crew on board.

Our beautiful ship has a few modern advantages (GPS, motors, refrigeration, hot showers....), but when I talk to the Youth Crew I realise just how far out of their \comfort zone\" and experience this voyage has been. The self discipline of waking for watches at times they would normally sleep, the experience of living and sleeping in a cabin with a group of strangers (at the start of the voyage, at least), keeping the ship clean and hygenic, and then, of course, the sail setting and working up in the rigging, way out on a yard, thirty metres up. The crew of the Investigator would have been much like ours, with experienced officers directing it all, and a large number of sailors new to life at sea aboard a square rigger.

Our Youth Crew have gained far more than the experience of sailing a tall ship, they also will now be able to read behind the written history; will be able to really appreciate the leadership of a man like Matthew Flinders; will actually know the frustrations and joys of favourable and foul winds; will understand the mateship and trust
that must underpin any attempt to push the boundaries.

The ships have changed, but the crews are still fundamentally the same, young people seeking adventure, wanting to add that bit extra to their lives, even if only for a short while. Its been a great voyage, and I feel that the spirit of the
Investigators people, and their leader Matthew Flinders, is alive and well.

From Dr Sue

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