Replica Captain Cook ship to be visitor attraction

A full-scale replica of Captain James Cook’s ship, HM Bark Endeavour, will open to the public next month in the Yorkshire town of Whitby.

The vessel arrived in the harbour town recently, to the sounds of bells ringing, a cannon salute and a group of sea cadets piping her in.

The ceremony marked the ship’s spiritual homecoming, as the original Endeavour was built in Whitby in 1764, the town where Captain Cook began his sea-faring career.

The opening of The Endeavour Experience attraction marks 250 years since Captain Cook set out on his first expedition to the Pacific in command of the Endeavour.

Visitors can see what life would have been like on the 18th century ship and learn how Cook’s crew, numbering almost 100, coped during the three-year voyage.

There will also be displays about the expedition’s scientific discoveries, explaining how the astronomical phenomenon of the Transit of Venus improved navigational accuracy, and revealing the botanical and animal species collected from New Zealand and Australia.

The Endeavour Experience will open on July 1, just ahead of the Cook250 Festival Whitby (July 6-8).

Picture credit: CAG Photography.