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DAVE'S BOAT HAS COME IN; AT the close of the Echo's week-long series on HM Bark Endeavour, Echo reporter Louise Day meets the winner of our Life on the Ocean Waves competition.

Byline: Louise Day

GREAT-grand f a t her Dave Scanlan is set to fulfil his dream of a lifetime, all thanks to the Echo.

To mark the departure of HM Bark Endeavour - one of the world's most authentic replica ships - the Echo launched a competition to win a place on the 18th Century-style vessel when she leaves Cardiff Bay this weekend.

We asked readers to write and tell us why they wanted to sail the ocean waves - and Dave, 62, was one of many who entered.

He said: ``The competition just rang a bell with me. My great-grandfather worked as a cooper on HMS Calliope, which was the only ship to survive the 1887 hurricane in Apia Harbour, Samoa.

``I'm really looking forward to being on the Endeavour so that I can see what life would have been like for my great-grandfathe r.''

Dave, from Barry, who works at JPM, on Hadfield Road, still has many of his great-grandfather's papers from his time on HMS Calliope, including official documents and diary entries.

But, despite having served at sea himself with the Royal Navy Reserves on board HMS St David, he said he was nervous at the prospect of spending up to four days on board the Endeavou r.

``I'm looking forward to it but I've heard you have got to climb a mast before they will let you on,'' he said.

Dave, who is married to Pat, 60, has four children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all of whom are planning to wave him off.

The Endeavour is due to leave Mount Stuart Docks at 5.30pm on Sunday, when there will be a special leaving ceremony, including the firing of a cannon by the 23rd Foot Royal Welch Na-poleonic Re-enactment Soc i e t y.

# THERE is still time to visit the Endeavour before she leaves this weekend, and by presenting any two of the Echo Endeavour tokens we have been running all week, you can get free entry for a child (worth pounds 4) with a full-paying adult. This offer is valid for every tour (subject to availability) between now and S u

d ay.

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SEA LEGS HM Bark Endeavour competition winner Dave Scanlan.
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