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HM Bark Endeavour To Set Sail For Whitby

HM Bark Endeavour To Set Sail For Whitby

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 9:33am 18th October 2017. (Updated at 6:49am 19th October 2017)

A replica of one of the most famous ships in maritime exploration is heading to Whitby.

HM Bark Endeavour was commanded by Captain James Cook and now a replica of the ship will voyage along the North York Moors coast to Whitby. 

The ship was purchased by Whitby businessman Andrew Fiddler, beating off competition that could have seen the ship moved to Portsmouth, London or Dubai. 

HM Bark Endeavour - Andrew Fiddler

It will arrive in the town next year, coinciding with the 250th anniversary of when Captain Cook first set sail from Portsmouth to observe the transit of Venus at Tahiti, circumnavigate and chart New Zealand and chart the East coast of Australia. 

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. 

Andrew said:

“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 added:

“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.”

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said:

“The council is absolutely delighted that this impressive full-size replica of HM Bark Endeavour has been bought locally and will make Whitby its new base in the near future.

As one of only two such vessels in the world, not only will it be a proud moment for the local community, it will be a fantastic visitor attraction and a valuable contributor to the Yorkshire coast economy.

We look forward to working with the new owner on their exciting plans, which will include promoting Whitby as its new home and ensuring it can be properly accommodated within the harbour area, without compromising existing operations.”


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Peter Croft, on 18th October 2017 8:45pm
Great news for Whitby. what a great opportunity for the town to add to its maritime history, I hope Scarborough council will get behind the scheme.
After all they have just found £4 million pounds to demolish part of their heritage, I just hope the piers don't fall into the harbour blocking it before she arrives.

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