Following two months of preparation including the fitting of an extra deck in her cargo hold, the Endeavour set sail for Tahiti on Captain Cook's first voyage of discovery.
It was during this journey that Cook charted the coastline of New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia. In April, 1770, the ship narrowly avoided shipwreck on the Great Barrier Reef near what is now Cooktown. Once repairs were completed, the ship and company sailed for home, reaching England on 10 July, 1771.
Source: Information sheet accompanying the 1994 New Zealand 6 coin uncirculated and proof sets.
The H.M.S. Endeavour is featured on the following coins: