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We hope you’ve had fun exploring Captain Cook country and getting to know our famous explorer.
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1. Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum
The Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum has a display of photographs from Nicholas Patrick, an astronaut who was born in Saltburn. In the early 2000s, Nicholas Patrick went into space three times and orbited the earth 400 times in 24 days on board a space station. The photographs that he gifted to the Museum show him inside the space craft holding up a photo of Captain Cook and the Colonial Red Ensign, the flag which Cook sailed under on his voyages of exploration around the globe. The photograph of Cook which Nicholas Patrick took with him on the spacecraft is also on display
2. High Green
Try and think of yourself as a young man, leaving his home and family in search of new adventures. Would he be scared, excited, nervous? You decide.
3. Memorial Garden on Easby Lane
The obelisk marks the location of Cook’s family cottage, which was built in 1755 by Cook’s parents. The cottage itself was shipped to Australia for the Centenary of Melbourne in 1934 where it still stands in Fitzroy Park. The obelisk is constructed with stone from Point Hicks, a coastal headland in Victoria, Australia. Point Hicks became the first land on the east coast of Australia to be sighted by Lieutenant Hicks on board Cook’s HM Bark Endeavour. It is a replica of an obelisk that stands here today.
4. All Saints Church
Captain Cook was born on 27 October 1728 in Marton and died on 14 February 1779 at Owhyhee, Hawaii. The Cook family moved to Great Ayton in 1736 and would have worshipped at All Saints Church. Cook’s mother, Grace Cook died 18 February 1765 aged 63 and was buried here along with Cook’s five siblings. The details of the family are engraved on the front of the headstone, with recent explanations regarding the great navigator on the back of the stone. Here, you’ll see the error in the date of Cook’s death. It should read February 1779, not December.
5. Easby Moor
Here you'll find Cook's Monument. The plaque details the correct date for Cook’s death, 14 February 1779.
6. Remains of St. Germain’s Church and Graveyard
The church was a landmark for sailors and fishermen but was demolished in 1960 leaving a solitary tower standing guard over the grave of Cook’s father.
7. Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre
The Heritage Centre is open most weekends and bank holidays, and may be open at other times. Please ring ahead to check.
Between 1768 and 1779, Cook led three voyages of discovery. These were opportunities to test the astronomical and timekeeper methods of finding longitude over great distances. Larcum Kendall’s K1, and marine timekeepers by John Arnold, accompanied Cook on the second voyage (1772–75). K1 was an almost exact copy of John Harrison’s sea-watch, H4. It performed magnificently on the voyage and Cook came to call it his ‘trusty friend’ and ‘never-failing guide’, accompanying him again on his third voyage.
Put yourself in the shoes of a modern day explorer. What music do you think they’d like to listen to? You decide.
9. St Peter’s Centre
The carved fish was created by artist Steve Iredale for the 2013 Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage. The fish sculpture stands proudly in the garden of St Peter’s Centre beside his earlier mermaid sculpture.
10. Cook’s Cottage
On the outside wall of Cook’s Cottage, you’ll see a silver plaque commemorating Cook’s life in Staithes.
11. HM Bark Endeavour
The HM Bark Endeavour replica is currently being restored and will be permanently moored in Whitby from July 2018. It is expected to be open to the public during the summer 2018.
12. Bark Endeavour Whitby
This is a smaller version of Cook’s tall ship that takes visitors on a short journey from Whitby along the bay and back. Hop on board and listen to sea shanties and hear about the life of the famous Captain.
13. Captain Cook Memorial Museum
The Kangaroo Sculpture by artist Emma Stothard can be found at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum. She based her sculpture on the famous George Stubbs’ painting The Kongouro from New Holland. Stubbs used written and verbal accounts of the kangaroo, a small group of pencil sketches and a stuffed or inflated pelt to create his painting
At the Captain Cook Memorial Museum you’ll find an example of an apprentice seafarer’s workbook including studies of mathematics, navigation and astronomy.
14. Pannett Art Gallery
Frank Henry Mason’s “Whitby In the Days of Oak and Hemp" depicts the construction of the collier, The Earl of Pembroke (later became HM Bark Endeavour) on a slipway in Whitby harbour, with the town and Whitby Abbey in the background.
15. Whitby Museum
The Transit of Venus
It was known that if the planet Venus could be observed at the same time from different places as it passed across the face of the sun, it should be possible to calculate inter-planetary distances. Cook was chosen to lead an expedition in 1769 to observe the transit from Tahiti. He was given the command of the HM Bark Endeavour and promoted to lieutenant.
16. Whitby YHA
Look along the corridors of the Hostel to find a mural of Cook.
17. Pannett Park Art Trail
The South Seas Gardens celebrates Whitby’s early explorers. The Art Trail includes Kupe, a Maori voyager chainsaw carving by Steve Iredale.
18. West Cliff, Whitby
Here, stood on the West Cliff at Whitby, you’ll find Cook’s Memorial Monument looking out towards the sea and harbour where many of Cook’s ships were built.
19. St Mary’s Parish Church
There are 15 mariners gravestones held at St Mary’s Parish Church. Seafaring graves range from tall, ornate headstones to weathered skull and crossbones markings.
20. Dunsley Hall Hotel
Located near Whitby, Dunsley Hall Hotel is a country house hotel built as a shipbuilders’ retreat. Here you’ll find the stained glass window, which depicts a bustling shipping industry scene set along this famed coastline.
21. Mulgrave Castle/Woods
Omai was the first Polynesian to visit England. He travelled back with Captain Cook’s party from the South Seas and was later painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Banks took him on a visit to Mulgrave where it is recorded Omai went shooting for partridge and cooked for the guests in a Polynesian earth oven.
22. Robin Hood’s Bay
From the Victoria Hotel, take the sea wall path down past the village, which will lead to you a wall of mosaics created by Yorkshire artist, Ruth Wilkinson.
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