Friday, 25 February 2011

My Favourite Bark - Sepia Saturday



Now pay attention while I tell you a story about my favourite 'Bark'

 Earl of Pembroke - painting by Thomas Lundy

It all began in 1768 when the collier the Earl of Pembroke left Whitby harbour in the North East of England. Later that year the ship was renamed the HM Bark Endeavour and under the command of Captain Cook it set out on its world famous voyage to Australia so that Cook could witness the transit of Venus.

In 1770  the ship was damaged in bad weather and was forced to stay for 7 weeks for repairs off the coast of what today is the territory of Queensland near the mouth of a river. When Cook left he gave the river the name Endeavour; the town that grew up there later became Cooktown.

 Cooktown has held a Captain Cook 1770 Festival annually for 18 years. this years event is scheduled for 21-22 May.

 Replica of HM Bark Endeavour in Cooktown harbour
Photo by John Hill

The Australia replica sailed the Cook's route back to Whitby in 2007. It has been berthed at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney:
By Saberwyn (CC-ASA 3.0 License)


The Endeavour replica is due to circumnavigate Australia in 2011-12.

Back at Whitby another replica of the Endeavour gives tourists trips out into the North Sea.



 HM Bark Endeavour approaches Whitby

Endeavour replica in Whitby harbour.

Meanwhile  Stockton-on-Tees has a full size replica of the Endeavour tied up at the riverside in the town.


This trip around the world with my favourite 'Bark' has tired us out so I'll leave it to Bernard to bring it to an end.
[Both dogs where photographed at Whitby in 2008]

Endeavour to check out more at: Sepia Saturday 63

23 comments:

Howard said...

Great post and great pictures. I had no idea the Endeavour was a former collier! From humble beginnings...

tony said...

It's ages since I went To Whitby ! Ha! Those Fish & Chips! I must catch The Endeavour the next time I visit.

Jinksy said...

Tha call of the sea, eh?!

Christine H. said...

Is there a prize for the blog post that does the best job of following the theme...maybe a "Bloscar"? You would have had it for three weeks running...or is it four? What a delight.

broken biro said...

The only replica of the Endeavour I've seen is a kiddies' one on in a playground in the town of 1770, Queensland! I don;t get why it was called 'Bark' though ??

Bob Scotney said...

Bloscar? Sounds like a Bond villain! Thanks Christine.

Kodjo Deynoo. said...

A history of voyage very interesting

Bob Scotney said...

broken biro: Bark has its origin in Middle English and is a variation of barque, a three masted ship but now applied loosely to many types of boat.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Yes a great post Bob. I have been on lakes, seas and the ocean but never in a sail boat. Fascinating. Thanks for stopping by. In answer to your question about the Extension Office. It is a non-credit educational system located in every state in the US operated by the universities to provide education and training to farmers, housewives and young folks in areas of rural production of produce, animals, homemaking. Our state and county fairs hold competitions and award prizes for adults and children in samples of flowers,vegetables, animals. That is how young folks learn to be farmers. Scholarships are awarded to youth who go into Extension work in the colleges. These folks are employees of the state.
QMM

Karen S. said...

Absolutely wonderful story, and my favorite thing always is any barking dog! How cute is that, to have the cutest of big and little barkers! Your photos are excellent, and the Endeavor replica sailing down Whitby Harbour would be so cool to see in real life...it's lovely...and appears like really from way back when....I too have to post my Sepia too, if I ever get through my unread blogs posted since hmm just yesterday...folks have been busy!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Bob,

That is so interesting. The annual event is something that I would enjoy going to, if it were only a bit closer.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Pat transplanted to MN said...

My first attempt to post a comment may have gone into the wild blue, sailing along the seas..as I received an error message after posting..So I will repeat a fascinating post with wonderful photos of the tall ships and the escapades of Cook. We saw replicas of such tall ships years back in CA. I was amazed to see how the dogs worked into this post. Funny we both had dogs this week.

PattyF said...

Wonderful post! What a beautiful ship. I'd love to sail on one sometime.

Mike Brubaker said...

Several years ago the replica Endeavor stopped for a day in Charleston SC. They were accepting day-tripper crew to take the ship on to its next port-of-call in the US. Cost something like $750 but I came very close to signing on. Magnificent ship and very authentic from the mast down to the keel. I highly recommend Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz, for more on Captain Cook. A first rate adventure!

Martin H. said...

You've taken me on quite a trip, Bob, and I've learnt something along the way. Nice post.

Bob Scotney said...

You can learn a lot more about Cook, the Endeavour and his voyages at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Stewart Park, Middlesbrough. Cook was born nearby at Marton. Check out www.captcook-ne.co.uk

TICKLEBEAR said...

as much as i like those boats, and the storytelling you've done here, you won't me saying i'd rather brave the seas in a big cruise ship instead...
nicely done, once again!!
:)~
HUGZ

Bob Scotney said...
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Bob Scotney said...

Ticklebear: I get seasick in a rowing boat!

Alan Burnett said...

Great collection Bob. Is the replica they have in Whitby full size? I have seen it a couple of times and it always seems so tiny : I wouldn't fancy going as far as Scarborough in it, bever mind Australia.

TICKLEBEAR said...

ROTFLMAO!!!

i can't swim even if my life depended on it, but i like water nonetheless; and i enjoy boating, with a safety vest on, of course!!
:)~
HUGZ

Nancy said...

Because I tend to get seasick, I don't much enjoy ships. Even if I did, I have to say I really like your first and last "barks" best! Those dogs are adorable. Are they yours?

Bob Scotney said...

The dogs are not mine, Nancy. They just happened to be in Whitby when I went there one day, the day I photographed the Whitby replica.

Alan, the Whitby replica is not full size. Supposedly the one at Stockton is and they claim it's the only one in the world, something I believe the Australians would contest.