The Endeavour was converted and fitted out at Deptford Dockyard in 1768. The Admiralty had ship builders plans of the vessel drawn up during her refit, which are still in existence today.
|Repairing the Endeavour. © NMM|
A lot of work had to be carried out on the vessel to make her suitable for the journey. The hull of the collier was sheathed and caulked to protect her from the tropical marine worms. As one hundred and seven people had to be accommodated for the long voyage, a third deck had to be squeezed into the ship, to house extra cabins, storerooms and the galley.
From Deptford, HM Bark Endeavour sailed down the Thames to Galleons Reach to take on her compliment of guns, before she set sail for Plymouth to provision and take on crew. Endeavour set sail from Plymouth on the 25 August 1768 to begin her long voyage.