Captain Cook – 250 year celebration
The famous Captain James Cook is known worldwide as the man who chartered the coast of New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia, also the first man to sail around the world in both directions.
James Cook learned his trade as a seaman in Whitby then later was chosen to lead the expedition to the Southern Continent.
His vessel, The Endeavour was built in Whitby and took him and his crew on many significant voyages around the globe. Of course, this led to the founding of New Zealand and Australia.
This year on the weekend of 6th – 8th July, Whitby marked the 250th Anniversary of Captain Cook’s first voyage of discovery.
Over the weekend two tall ships were docked in the harbour with free admission allowing visitors to discover what life was like for Cook during his voyages. An authentic 40% size replica of Cook’s HM Bark Endeavour also sailed along the coastline from Whitby to Sandsend.
Other attractions took place along Endeavour Wharf to keep visitors entertained. These included a live cooking theatre where local chefs cooked up 18th Century cuisine with a modern twist. There was live music, street theatre and sea shanties, and in true Whitby style, the weekend was rounded off by a firework spectacular. Whitby Abbey and Pannett Art Gallery also held exhibitions of maritime artwork and memorabilia.
Of course, The Captain Cook Memorial Museum was open over the weekend (and throughout the year) for people to learn of Cook’s adventures and voyages and see a collection of his maps, documents and memorabilia.