Captain James Cook's ship was called The Endeavour. Cook was an explorer, a navigator, cartographer and Captain in the Royal Navy. In three voyages - the first on HMS Endeavour - he sailed across largely uncharted seas, and mapped lands from New Zealand and Australia to Hawaii, adding islands and coastlines to European maps for the first time. Originally, in 1766 the Royal Society engaged Cook to travel to the Pacific Ocean to observe and record the transit of Venus across the Sun. This reading enabled astronomers to find the distance of the Sun from the Earth, which then could be used as a unit of measurement in calculating the parameters of the universe.
The photo above shows the replica that the Australian Government and the Australian National Maritime Museum built of the bark Endeavour - http://www.anmm.gov.au Add this to your bucket list!
Endeavour is also the first name of Detective Morse - the TV series that actually makes you have to think about the clues as they're unravelled. A good story, and set against a background of the beautiful city of Oxford - the City of Dreaming Spires. Whether it's the new series, set in the 1960s, or the old series which was made in 1987-2000, I really enjoy everything about it. The locations, the story, the college background, the famous red jaguar, the interaction between the characters. I'm also a big fan of the Inspector Lewis series, a spin off from the original Morse. I get very homesick when I see the characters taking some time out for a pint in a local country pub, often sitting outside on a Summer evening, and just talking about the day - or in this instance, the case.
I was going to add the story of Ernest Shackleton's voyage to the South Pole, but realized that his ship was called HMS Endurance. Another great word, but one for another time.
Something we all should be doing.
A favourite word.