Voyages of Discovery
Welcome to the Endeavour and our Voyages of Discovery project. With this little ship, built in 1954 for the U. S. Army, we host scientists – archeologists, geologists, biologists, oceanographers, and others – on research expeditions up and down the west coast of North America. Our home port is Seattle, Washington.
The Endeavour’s continuing mission is to explore our natural world, help our scientist friends in their work, and document what they see and understand of our natural world and share it with our subscribers. Our video series, The Endeavour, Voyages of Discovery, will debut in mid-2020.
The Endeavour itself, designated an official research vessel by the U.S. Coast Guard, is named after the ship Captain James Cook took on his first voyage of discovery in 1768.
Our captain is William Urschel, who holds a 100-Ton Master's license from the U.S. Coast Guard with over 800 days at sea. With a degree in history from Princeton University, Bill was a trustee of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural history from 1997 to 2002 and is currently on the board of the Burke Museum in Seattle. Our first mate is Patsy Clark Urschel (they’re married), who has a degree from the University of Washington and a masters from the University of Montana. Patsy is also our videographer.
The charts may now be filled in, but the world remains to be explored, in more depth with more advanced science and better technology than ever before.
Our Little Ship
The Endeavour is 72 feet long with a draft of 7 feet and a beam of 17 feet. The hull is welded Corten steel. She weighs 65 tons dry with a full displacement of 100 tons and is driven by a single 239 horsepower Detroit Diesel engine and a 48” four-bladed propeller. She cruises at 8.5 knots at 1300 RPM burning 4.92 gallons per hour giving her a range of 3,000 nautical miles, which would take her from Seattle to Hawaii in 12.5 days with a 20% reserve.
The boat has berths for nine people, two heads with showers, a fresh water maker, and a washer-dryer.
The walk-around engine room includes the main engine, two diesel generators, a tool bench, welder, air compressor, and chest freezer. The foredeck has racks for four kayaks and topdeck has a crane and a high-speed shore boat.
The ground tackle is a 250-pound Navy stockless anchor with 600 feet of 1/2" chain, backed up by a second 100-pound Navy stockless. For open-ocean work, the boat has paravane stabilizers to reduce rolling in adverse seas and a parachute anchor for over-nighting offshore. The horn is an air-powered Leslie SuperTyfon, designed for locomotives.
Electronics include a complement of GPS, chart plotters, radios, radar, depth sounders, sonars, and a ship's computer that monitors all tanks, temperatures, batteries, and electrical use. When needed, we tow side-scan sonars, sub-bottom profilers, and other equipment.
For our scientists, the Endeavour as a research vessel can be a good fit. It is large enough to make any trip, small enough to work in tight coves and inlets, and it is affordable.
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These are projects we have planned for the next year or so. Click on the image to see the location on Google Maps. If the scientists and their project are confirmed, the expedition is marked "booked." If it is marked "open" the project is an idea and we're looking for scientists and are flexible on the dates. There are also a lot of open weeks in the schedule. If you have your project, tell us about it. Email us here.
Q: How many researchers can the Endeavour accommodate?
A: Seven (plus two crew) is fine for about a week, four is ideal for longer trips. If the expedition can sleep researchers on shore, 20 for daywork is comfortable.
Q: Can I mount my own equipment on the boat?
A: Yes. Within reason we're happy to drill holes or weld on special equipment.
Q: What is your onboard electrical power and other resources?
A: For electrical power, we have two generators (9kw and 12kw) providing 120VAC and 240VAC, and a 1000 ah battery bank providing clean 12VDC. We also have an air compressor, a desalinator, welding equipment, and a crane.
Q: Do you provide food?
A: Yes. Food for your team for the duration of the expedition is included. You'll have to provide your own alcohol, however.
Q: What does it cost to charter the Endeavour for research?
A: It depends on the length of the trip and the number of people on board, and (in some cases) how far we have to travel to bring the boat to your departure point. Please contact us with details so we can give you a bid.
Q: Can I charter the Endeavour for a vacation?
A: Sorry, no. As a research vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard Regulations prohibit us from taking on non-research personnel as passengers.
Q: What is your availability?
A: We tend to book more complex and longer expeditions further in advance, often a year or two out. But we often have open weeks that can be booked on very short notice: the question is where the boat happens to be when you need us and how long it will take us to get to your departure point.
Q: I have more questions.
A: Please click here to ask us anything by email.
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Seattle, WA 98102