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The Bark Endeavour Whitby

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About Bark Endeavour

The Endeavour was originally a merchant collier launched in June 1764 from the coal and whaling port of Whitby in North Yorkshire.

She was ship-rigged and sturdily built with a broad, flat bow, a square stern and a long box-like body with a deep hold. Her length was 32.3 metres with a beam of 8.9 m. Her tonnage was 94 tons. As the collier Earl of Pembroke, she was purchased by the Navy in 1768 for a scientific mission to the Pacific Ocean, and to explore the seas for the postulated Terra Australis Incognita or “unknown southern land”.

She was renamed and commissioned as His Majesty’s HMS Bark Endeavour.

Captain James Cook, RN was an English explorer, navigator and cartographer.

He made three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, accurately charting many areas and recording several islands and coastlines on European maps for the first time.

Captain James Cooks Sea Routes

Captain James Cooks Sea Routes

Frank Meadow Sutcliffe - Waterfront Whitby

Frank Meadow Sutcliffe – Waterfront Whitby

His most notable accomplishments were the British discovery and claiming of the east coast of Australia; the European discovery of the Hawaiian Islands; and the first circumnavigation and mapping of Newfoundland and New Zealand.

He sailed the “Endeavour” on his first voyage.

Full Scale Replica of the Bark Endeavour

In January 1988, to commemorate the Australian Bicentenary of European settlement in Australia, work began in Fremantle, Western Australia on a replica of the Bark Endeavour.

The replica vessel commenced her maiden voyage in October of that year, sailing to Sydney Harbour and then following Captain James Cook’s path from Botany Bay northward to Cooktown.

From 1996 to 2002 the replica retraced Cook’s ports of call around the world, arriving in the original Endeavour’s home port of Whitby in June 2002.

Captain Cook Whitby

Captain Cook Whitby

Scaled Replica of the Bark Endeavour

An authentic scaled replica of HMS Endeavour which was sailed by Captain James Cook during his scientific expedition of 1768 has been traditionally built by Whitby craftsmen and stands in the water some 40% of the original ships size.

You can join the ship and crew on one of the regular sailings throughout the year and will take you on a voyage around Whitby Harbour, overlooked by Whitby Abbey and along the coast to Sandsend, where you can follow in the path of Captain James Cook himself and relive his life at sea.

Your trip on the Bark Endeavour at Whitby will be more than a simple cruise. You will enjoy some fantastic views of the North Yorkshire coastline including fossils, mineral deposits and Whitby Jet. You will also see a wide variety of birds and wild life including seals. You will be able to sit back and relax while you listen to traditional Whitby sea shanties and hear about the life of Captain Cook, the history of Whitby and a whole lot more.

Why not book your voyage today.

BOOKING HOTLINE or simply for more information telephone 01723 364100

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