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Steve Paxton on October 12, 2011

Replica Endeavor sailed into harbour after 10 years nearly. where steve making coffee not happy

Andrew Aldred on October 13, 2011

gunna pop down there next week to see it mate, can't wait :)

Nadia Kushnir on October 14, 2011

Excellent photo! Like it! Best regards. Nadia.

Steve Paxton on October 15, 2011

Drew & Nadia sitting amongst the modern world she certainly stands out as being very different. hope top spend some more time he my self. thank you both. steve

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on November 18, 2013

Hello Steve my good friend :)

It was a lovely surprise to find you in my gallery today. I've not spent a lot of time in Pano for a year or two..but time is on my hands now and faced with having no gallery and no contacts, due to the change in Googles' operation, I have taken the decision to stay "on board"..I shall take this opportunity to re-establish my former acquaintances and hopefully, make a few more friends.

This familiar old friend above is in the cradle of its birth, but I feel that its true home should be in my home town of Whitby where the original Endeavour was built in 1764 as the "Earl of Pembroke", a lowly collier.

An extremely sturdy flat-bottomed craft, this type of design was known locally as a "Whitby Cat". Purchased by His Majesties Government in 1768 and fitted out for expeditionary work, she left her home port of Whitby and NEVER returned. That is why the arrival of the replica to Whitby was a very emotional moment for many people.. some of whom can trace their ancestry back to those who built her and to the tough crew-men who sailed in her. This is also the reason why I feel that her true destination should be here in the UK

Not long after this replica was built, she was crewed and fitted out for a global expedition, just like the original. She was scheduled to visit Whitby in 1997. When she arrived, accompanied by a huge flotilla of local boats, decked with pennants and low in the water with passengers, an estimated 250,000 spectators from around the UK, lined every possible vantage point to welcome this stunning looking vessel back to her "home port".

I witnessed this unforgettable and emotional sight, which will live in the annals of local history forever. The "HMS Bark Endeavour" entered the narrow confines of the harbour entrance, furling her sails and firing a broad-side of very noisy cannons, the sound of which echoed repeatedly and sent a flock of several thousand gulls skyward, bringing gasps of awe from the crowds.

The scene was accompanied by loud cheering, clapping and waving of flags, an elaborate berth was specially constructed before her arrival and a visitor centre/ticket office constructed on the adjacent quay. Hundreds of thousands of visitors paid homage to the Endeavour and Cpt Cook during her time here.

The ship remained in Whitby for several years and was a magnet for the tourists. She took up pride of place in the most prominent part of town. I can tell you that the townsfolk were sad the day she finally set sail for an uncertain future.

Sadly, the misfortunes of the Bark Endeavour came to our attention a few years later when we learned that she had run aground, was seriously damaged and worse to come, The Endeavour trust was financially bankrupt. She lay rotting in some Australian port with a very uncertain future.

It is with much credit that a group of interested people raised the funds to restore her to her former glory.

That is the reason why I took up half a page of your gallery to make my point Steve, she deserves to be back in Whitby, the berth (very close to the stocks on which the original was built) is still vacant and empty, awaiting her return.

All the best bud. I'll be winging my way back very soon ;)


Steve Paxton on December 8, 2013

Jim what can i say i understand and sadly think you are right. its sad that this world has lost most of its values to money..... we both have many life lessons learned and to learn still. part of history i did not know about, we will meet again. Steve

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    by Steve Paxton
    • Taken on 2011/10/12 17:53:13
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