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Whitby 'Choccie Box' Style 10/14

Next to the whalebones I showed you last week is this statue of Captain James Cook, the explorer forever connected with Whitby.  Once again there is almost an "X marks the spot" from where to take pictures of the statue.

 

James Cook (1728-1779) was born in the village of Marton near Middlesbrough and later apprenticed to a draper in the small fishing harbour of Staithes (11 miles north of Whitby).  There he fell in love with the sea and his time in Staithes is remembered in the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre.  Later he moved to Whitby and became a trainee with a local shipping firm.  The house where he lodged with his master is still in Whitby’s Grape Lane and is now open to the public as the Captain Cook Memorial Museum.  Later, he joined the Royal Navy and was rapidly promoted to a command.

It is as Captain Cook that the world still knows him – the man who charted the coast of New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia and who was one of the greatest surveyors as well as one of the finest sailors and explorers of all time.  He learned his craft in Whitby vessels trading to the Baltic and two of the vessels he used on his long and perilous voyages – ‘Resolution’ and ‘Endeavour’ were built in Whitby.

 

Whitby 'Choccie Box' Style 10/14

Next to the whalebones I showed you last week is this statue of Captain James Cook, the explorer forever connected with Whitby.  Once again there is almost an "X marks the spot" from where to take pictures of the statue.

 

James Cook (1728-1779) was born in the village of Marton near Middlesbrough and later apprenticed to a draper in the small fishing harbour of Staithes (11 miles north of Whitby).  There he fell in love with the sea and his time in Staithes is remembered in the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre.  Later he moved to Whitby and became a trainee with a local shipping firm.  The house where he lodged with his master is still in Whitby’s Grape Lane and is now open to the public as the Captain Cook Memorial Museum.  Later, he joined the Royal Navy and was rapidly promoted to a command.

It is as Captain Cook that the world still knows him – the man who charted the coast of New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia and who was one of the greatest surveyors as well as one of the finest sailors and explorers of all time.  He learned his craft in Whitby vessels trading to the Baltic and two of the vessels he used on his long and perilous voyages – ‘Resolution’ and ‘Endeavour’ were built in Whitby.

 

comments (19)

they were hardy sailors in those days Brian, and Cook was one of the great ones. I like you point of view with a glimpse of the sea behind him.
Brian Walbey: They were indeed Les. This can be taken from all angles but I felt this was the best one.
Hi Brian, Nice photo and it stands out more with the clouds in the background. I really enjoy your narratives. Thank you Frances
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frances.
  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 10 Aug 2011, 00:53
The Cap'n has been standing still too long, Brian.
Brian Walbey: He doesn't duck when the seagulls drop their luggage does he Ray smile
What a guy! Nice portrait of the tribute to him!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Aug 2011, 07:02
I knew who this would be straight away Brian: a celebrated son
Brian Walbey: He is indeed Chris.
Nice picture. We have been to Whitby several times, and we have been to the Staithes Centre. It was really impressive - as was Staithes itself. If anyone is toying with the idea of going to Staithes, stop toying and start doing. It will be so worth it.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sheila. We done Staithes many years ago and thought what a lovely place it is.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 10 Aug 2011, 07:42
Good old Cookie, I went to his island just off Australia.
Brian Walbey: I bet you got there quicker than he did Chad.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Aug 2011, 07:56
He definitely got around, Brian, because I did indeed see him in Australia a few years back. smile
Brian Walbey: I hope you meant a statue of him Ginnie, unless of course you believe in ghosts smile
A fine picture of the great man. I recall Staithes as being a rather nice village
Brian Walbey: Yes we went to Staithes in 1976 just before our Chris was born and thought what a lovely little place it is. Very hilly if I remember, just like Robin Hoods Bay.
standing quite tall
Brian Walbey: He does indeed Chantal and makes a good perch for the gulls.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Aug 2011, 11:19
Looks like he has been suffering from the gulls too! didn't know the Endeavour was actually built in Whitby!
Brian Walbey: I had to wait quite a while to get a shot of this without a gull on his head.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 10 Aug 2011, 12:02
Good photo I am glad he came down our way
Brian Walbey: I guess a lot of you Australians feel the same way vintage.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Aug 2011, 12:28
He went on some mighty voyages, I like the tribute to him looking over the sea smile
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a fine statue Linda and the sea is nearly all the way round him.
Fine shot - it's many years since I was in Whitby - must get back some time!
Brian Walbey: Well worth going back again Tom, I guess it would only be a couple of hours from you at most.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Aug 2011, 17:18
You've not mentioned his holiday company, Brian. Oh..that's Thomas Cook! What fine explorers we used to have.
Brian Walbey: Lol. Well he was an early pioneer of round world cruising Alan.
Well deserving of his elevated status Brian. Good shot
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed, thanks Janet.
Nice POV, seagulls show no respect smile
Brian Walbey: It took quite a wit before I could get a shot without a gull sitting on his head.
This a well framed shot Brian....thank you for the history lesson....one would think that the statue of Captain J. Cook would at least be looking out to sea....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter. He is actually facing the sea, it goes right round the headland and in this direction he is looking at the harbour he will have sailed from at times.
You would think they would clean up a man with such a great history! sad Love the pic Brian smile
Brian Walbey: Trouble is there are so many gulls about that as soon as it was clean they would "re-decorate" it!

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