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Class A
Nationality Australia
Year Built 1987
Rig Brigantine


  • Class: A
  • Nationality: Australia
  • Year built: 1987
  • Home port: Sydney
  • Rig: Brigantine
  • Height: 24.76 m
  • Length of hull: 34.91 m
  • Entered by: Royal Australian Navy


  • Number of trainees: 24
  • Number of permanent crew: 12
  • Showers: Yes
  • Special diets catered for: Yes
  • Special needs catered for: Yes


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 long voyage to Australia with a crew which included 24 young people from Britain and Australia. 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 the 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. Her arrival heralded the start of a new era of sail training in Australia.

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 home port of Sydney.

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