Last month I went for a quick ride to Whitby and I couldn’t pass Captain’s James Cook HMS Bark Endeavour Replica, sailed by Lieutenant Cook during his scientific expedition of 1768, to record the transit of Venus across the Sun. The replica is now part of Whitby and a famous tourist attraction. Traditionally built by Whitby Craftsmen in 1993, the replica which had been based in Stockton-on-Tees, was bought by businessman and ex-Naval officer Andrew Fiddler at auction in 2017 and stands in the water to 40% of the ship’s original size.
The UK replica was never built to be sailed which is why it had to be towed down the coastline. The original Endeavour was first registered as the Earl of Pembroke when she was built in Whitby by ship builder Thomas Fishburn in 1764, according to BBC News. Still, there are plenty of things to see once you step aboard (*the ship is currently closed due to Covid-19 pandemic). The Endeavour features an exhibition packed to the brim with interactive displays which you can read more about on the official website. It is located across from The Angel Hotel and next to The Star Inn The Harbour.