Captain Cooks HM Bark Endeavour Coming To Whitby In 2018

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Captain Cooks HM Bark Endeavour Coming To Whitby In 2018

National Parks Press Release.

The replica of one of the most famous ships in the history of maritime exploration is being prepared for a new voyage along the North York Moors coast to Whitby.

HM BARK ENDEAVOUR COMING TO WHITBY IN 2018

HM BARK ENDEAVOUR COMING TO WHITBY IN 2018

In August 2017 a partnership led by Whitby businessman Andrew Fiddler purchased HM Bark Endeavour, one of only two full-scale replicas in the world of the ship commanded by explorer Captain James Cook for his voyage to Australia and New Zealand.

The partnership’s auction bid of £155,000 safeguarded the replica’s future as a North East visitor attraction, having beaten competing bids that could have seen the ship moved to Portsmouth, London or Dubai.

Mr Fiddler now plans to spend nearly £750,000 refurbishing and repairing the 33-metre long Teesside-built ship and then relocating it next year from its current berth at Stockton-on-Tees to Whitby, where the original Endeavour was built in 1764.

The ship will remain in Stockton over winter to undergo extensive refurbishment and much-needed repairs. This will involve the huge logistical operation of moving the vessel from its current position on the river Tees and into a dry dock to enable the refurbishment programme to be carried out.

Mr Fiddler intends re-opening HM Bark Endeavour as an historic tourist attraction and centre of learning for schools and colleges, with the aid of product development and business support from the Coastal Communities Fund project being delivered by the North York Moors National Park Authority.

The arrival of the legendary tall ship in Whitby in 2018 will coincide with the 250th anniversary when Captain Cook first set sail from Plymouth on-board Endeavour to observe the transit of Venus at Tahiti, circumnavigate and chart New Zealand and chart the East coast of Australia.

Mr Fiddler comments: “To have secured one of the most distinctive and historic maritime attractions is fantastic particularly as I’ve had a lifelong passion for the sea. Not only did I serve in the Royal Navy but I also participated in Endeavour ’90, a six-month circumnavigation of the globe which included visiting Dutch Harbour in the Aleutian Islands where Cook landed.

“Now we have to carefully work out a complex programme for sensitively refurbishing the ship so that once again HM Bark Endeavour can tell the story of life at sea in the 18th century.”

Catriona McLees, Head of Promotion and Tourism for the North York Moors National Park Authority adds: “We’re delighted to help support a project that has such a strong resonance with the National Park particularly with Cook’s early years being spent near Roseberry Topping and Great Ayton before he moved to Staithes and then onto Whitby where his maritime career began.

“The ship will be a great draw for visitors and encourage them to make their own discoveries of the wonders along our coast.”

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By | 2018-04-13T14:04:42+00:00 April 13th, 2018|Boats, Tall Ships, The Endeavour|21 Comments

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21 Comments

  1. Carol hixon. 13th April 2018 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Think this is amazing story. Bring in lots of visitors. I for one are thankful this ship will be proudly sitting in our Harbour. X

    • Glenn Kilpatrick 13th April 2018 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      As always Carol, thankyou for contributing to this story. Its always a pleasure to hear from someone who loves Whitby and it’s people so much.

  2. Hilary Cooper 13th April 2018 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    I think its wonderful, love seeing any of the tall ships that have passed through Whitby – so evocative.It can only good for the town.

    • Glenn Kilpatrick 13th April 2018 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      I Fully agree Hilary, this has to be the big news story of 2018. Alongside the Captain Cook celebrations it is going to make for a great year here in town.

  3. Andy 13th April 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    This will be an amazing opportunity for whitby a great tourist attraction
    cannot wait to visit in july

    • Glenn Kilpatrick 13th April 2018 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      Thankyou Andy, I hope you really enjoy your visit in July.

  4. ray simpson 13th April 2018 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Fantastic, I’m looking forward to seeing this in Whitby .

    • Glenn Kilpatrick 13th April 2018 at 10:35 pm - Reply

      I’m imagining all the great photographs in years to come. Sunrises, sunsets, fog and snow. So many different ways to capture it.

  5. Glyn Fletcher 13th April 2018 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Brilliant news, perfect place for it .

    • Glenn Kilpatrick 13th April 2018 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      Your soo right Glyn. As Cook based himself here, Whitby is the perfect place for the replica to be berthed.

  6. Alan Speight 13th April 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Great news for the town, will be good to see it in the harbour.

  7. Gary telford 13th April 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Fantastic news for Whitby, looking forward to seeing her in the harbour.

    • Glenn Kilpatrick 13th April 2018 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      Its going to be one of my photographic highlights of the year Alan.

  8. Margaret Urwin 13th April 2018 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful thing for Whitby! I’m really looking forward to seeing her berthed in the harbour… hopefully I’ll be able to see her from my window too. I’m sure this will bring many visitors to town.

    • Glenn Kilpatrick 13th April 2018 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      Your soo lucky to have that view Margaret. I know you really appreciate it as well 🙂

  9. Sue Britnell 14th April 2018 at 12:27 am - Reply

    I was watching it being hoisted over the tees barrage today as I work in Stockton. I am so glad to see it is going to my favourite place Whitby! It looks strange not seeing it everyday on my way to work, but we will see it most weekends as we visit Whitby as often as poss! P.s love your work Glenn!

  10. Jackie Blakeborough 14th April 2018 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Do we know when it will arrive home to Whitby. Thank you for sharing the story Glenn.

    • Glenn Kilpatrick 14th April 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Ive heard lots of things said. So far I know is there is no definite date. It will be here for the Captain Cook Celebration festival in July for sure. However i imagine it will come down the coast much sooner than that. Perhaps As early as May.

  11. Gerry Tisch 14th April 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    This will be brilliant for Whitby. The Endeavour belongs here. I will look forward to seeing your photos before I get up there with my family in August for the regatta. I really enjoy them.

  12. Margaret 15th April 2018 at 9:10 am - Reply

    When will this be in 2018 ?
    We have just completed a trip around New Zealand and stayed in Whitianga. Nearby was Mercury bay named and found by Captain Cook.
    So would love to see this event. Also visited Australia during this adventure. He is a true legend.

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