National Geographic Endeavour

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National Geographic Endeavour in Skeppsbrokajen, harbour of Stockholm, August 2008
The National Geographic Endeavour in the Skeppsbrokajen harbour of Stockholm, August 2008
  • Marburg (1966–1982)
  • Lindmar (1982–1983)
  • North Star (1983–1989)
  • Caledonian Star (1989–2001)
  • Endeavour (2001–2005)
  • National Geographic Endeavour (2005–)
Owner: Lindblad Expeditions
Port of registry:
Builder: Weser Seebeck, Bremerhaven, Germany
Yard number: 917
Laid down: 1 October 1965[1]
Launched: 26 February 1966
Completed: 9 June 1966[1]
Converted: 1983
Status: In service
General characteristics [1]
Type: Cruise ship
Length: 89.17 m (292 ft 7 in)
Beam: 14.03 m (46 ft 0 in)
Draft: 5.7 m (18 ft 8 in)
Depth: 9 m (29 ft 6 in)
Decks: 6
Ice class: DNV ICE-C
Installed power: 2 ×  MaK 8M582AK (2,387 kW)
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
Capacity: 169 passengers
Crew: 64

MS National Geographic Endeavour is a small expedition ship operated by Lindblad Expeditions for cruising in remote areas, particularly the polar regions.

Caledonian Star passing through Antarctica's Paradise Bay, February 2001, just days before being hit by a rogue wave

The ship was originally a fishing trawler built in 1966 as Marburg, and converted to carry passengers in 1983. First named North Star, then Caledonian Star, she received her present name in June 2001.

On March 2, 2001, the ship was struck by a 30-metre-high rogue wave while crossing the Drake Passage; the wave smashed the windows of the bridge and ruined the navigation and communications equipment, but did not cripple the ship. She was assisted by the Argentine Navy ocean fleet tug ARA Alferez Sobral and reached Ushuaia three days later.[2]

When National Geographic Endeavour was retired, the piano was donated to the Tomas de Berlanga school in Sant Cruz, Galapagos. The bridge ceiling, notched with polar bear sightings from her time in Svalbard, is with Sven Lindblad. The model, valuable art and other mementos were saved, some items were transferred to National Geographic Endeavour II, but the hull itself was recycled.

Other ships operated by Lindblad Expeditions are National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Islander, National Geographic Sea Bird, and National Geographic Sea Lion.


  1. ^ a b c d "National Geographic Endeavour (13603)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  2. ^ Llegó a Ushuaia el crucero averiado y no podrá zarpar

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