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–)
OwnerLindblad Expeditions
Port of registry
BuilderWeser Seebeck, Bremerhaven, Germany
Yard number917
Laid down1 October 1965[1]
Launched26 February 1966
Completed9 June 1966[1]
Converted: 1983
FateScrapped 2017
General characteristics [1]
TypeCruise ship
Length89.17 m (292 ft 7 in)
Beam14.03 m (46 ft 0 in)
Draft5.7 m (18 ft 8 in)
Depth9 m (29 ft 6 in)
Ice classDNV ICE-C
Installed power2 ×  MaK 8M582AK (2,387 kW)
Speed11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
Capacity169 passengers

MS National Geographic Endeavour was 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 Santa 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.

National Geographic Endeavour was scrapped on 6 May 2017.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "National Geographic Endeavour (13603)". DNV Vessel Register. DNV. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  2. ^ Llegó a Ushuaia el crucero averiado y no podrá zarpar
  3. ^ "National Geographic Endeavour (6611863)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 12 December 2018.

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