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Whitby's HM Bark Endeavour Opens Its Doors To Public

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Published by Alex Taylor at 9:15am 10th August 2018.

The HM Bark Endeavour in Whitby is officially opening its doors to the public today (Friday 10 August.)

Three months' of work has gone into creating the visitor attraction, which is a replica of Captain James Cook's famous ship.

The ship travelled from Stockton to reach Whitby and has sat in the harbour since June. It will provide educational displays, showing what life would've been like for Cook's crew on the vessel which embarked on a three year voyage from Plymouth to the Pacific ocean in August 1768.

Last month, the HM Bark Endeavour was granted a license to sell alcohol with visitors able to enjoy a meal in the ship's restaurant.

Whitby businessman and owner Andrew Fiddler purchased the Endeavour at auction last year for £155,000 and has since spent over £1 million transforming it into a visitor attraction.

He said:

“It is fantastic to see the Endeavour Experience opening particularly as it has been such a personal mission of mine to bring the ship to its rightful home in Whitby where the original vessel was built.

In a similar way that Cook would have had to have held his nerve at moments during the voyage, so we too have needed to show grit and determination to overcome some really challenging times in the journey to get here, particularly when it came to lifting the Endeavour by crane over the Tees Barrage!

This makes it all the more special to be at the point where the ship can now be enjoyed by visitors of all ages and helping complement the other Captain Cook attractions in Whitby.”

Tickets to the experience will cost £7.50 per adult and £4.50 for children aged 16 and under; under 3’s go free. 

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