Young Endeavour's History

STS Young Endeavour was a gift from the United Kingdom to the Government and people of Australia to mark the Bicentenary in 1988.
Construction began on the ship in May 1986 in Lowestoft, England and on 3 August, 1987 she began the voyage to Australia with a crew of 12 young people from Britain and 12 young Australians. The official handover ceremony took place on 25 January, 1988 in the presence of their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales in Farm Cove, Sydney Harbour.
In his acceptance speech, the ship was pledged by then Prime Minister, Mr Bob Hawke, to serve Australian youth. For a land girt by sea, the ship was a reminder of the maritime heritage shared by the two countries.   The Government decided that the Royal Australian Navy would operate and maintain the ship, and that the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme would be set up to manage the associated sail training program.

The Scheme was established in early 1988 with a Board appointed by and responsible to the Minister for Defence. The Scheme's management and administration is undertaken by civilian staff, and is based in the ship's homeport of Sydney.

As Australia's sail training flagship, Young Endeavour participates in major events in Australia and around the world.


1990 - Young Endeavour made her first international voyage since her delivery from England to take part in New Zealand's Sesquicentennial celebrations and the opening of the Commonwealth Games

1992 - Young Endeavour completed a circumnavigation of the world, representing Australia at celebrations in Europe and America commemorating the 500th Anniversary of Columbus' Voyage of Discovery to the New World

1995 - Young Endeavour circumnavigated Australia and represented the nation in celebrations to mark Indonesia's 50th anniversary of Independence

1998 - Young Endeavour participated in Tall Ships 1998, marking the Bicentenary of Bass and Flinders' circumnavigation of Tasmania

2000 - Young Endeavour visited New Zealand where she arranged a rendezvous with the Bark Endeavour in Cook Strait

2001 - Young Endeavour undertook the historic Centenary Circumnavigation to celebrate the Centenary of Federation

2002 - Young Endeavour participated in celebrations commemorating the Centenary of Flinders’s explorations in South Australia and Queensland

2003 - Young Endeavour celebrated her 15th Anniversary and won the Tall Ship's Race on Sydney Harbour for Australia Day

2006 - Young Endeavour took part in Auckland’s first Festival of the Sail and passed the Baton in the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton relay in New Zealand

2007 - Young Endeavour featured in the Tall Ship's Program as part of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum of international leaders held in Sydney

2008 - Young Endeavour celebrated her 20th Anniversary and embarking around 10,000 youth crew alumni members

2009 - Young Endeavour completed a circumnavigation of Australia, embarking more than 700 young Australians for voyages and day sails around the country

2013 - Young Endeavour was part of the Tall Ship Festivals 2013 in Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and Auckland, as well as the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review. She was then a race entrant in the first ever Sail Training International Tall Ship race from Sydney to New Zealand

2015 - Young Endeavour sailed around the world once more. She commemorated the Centenary of ANZAC off the shores of Gallipoli then sailed onwards to Europe for the Tall Ship Races 2015

2016 - After the World Voyage, Young Endeavour sailed another circumnavigation of Australia from May 2016 to March 2017. At Shark Bay in October, she was part of the commemorations marking 400 years since the landing of Dirk Hartog

2018 – Young Endeavour celebrated her 30th Anniversary and won the Tall Ship's Race on Sydney Harbour for Australia Day