Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Endeavours - the ships of course

The replica Endeavour being pulled into Whitby Harbour.
Whitby News;  Though we no longer live there I keep abreast of its news.  My daughter is taking a holiday there with the children in July, mostly for them all to catch up with friends.  But today I watched a video of the replica Endeavour being pulled into the harbour, the bells rang out from all the churches and there was a warm welcoming crowd to watch it reach its resting place, soon to be a museum, for it cannot run under its own steam.  Though it can hardly show the welcome the other Endeavour showed in 2002 down below, there is a pride in the history of Captain Cook and his adventures.  Visit Whitby once, for it is terribly crowded, the smell of fish and chips will hit you in the back of the throat, the seagulls will swirl around you.  Yes it is the Southend of the North, but it is  also a magnificent historical account of a coastal fishing town with its little streets and cottages.  With a religious overlay from Saint Hilda's Abbey and all the churches that line the streets.  And remember to visit the Museum in Pannett Park, to see a fascinating collection of the treasures of Whitby, and their art gallery is pretty good as well. Look out for this horror, 'The Hand of Glory'  

An earlier video of another, powered replica Endeavour sailing into Whitby Harbour in 2002 from Australia, the video is rather fuzzy, but the crowds, the church bells and the flotilla of boats accompanying the tall ship brings a lump to the throat.




6 comments:

  1. That was a lovely video, and yes, it also brought a lump to my throat.

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  2. Hello, the bells were ringing from St.Marys which is near to the ruined abbey. You have to climb the 199 steps to the church, not for the fainthearted! Though there is a donkey path ;)

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  3. What a magnificent ship. Such a good reminder of the early days ofshipping.

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  4. The tall ships are very stately, Whitby of course was also a whaling port as well sadly.

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  5. I watched it on North News Thelma - a magnificent sight I thought.

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  6. It is quite extraordinary how many people turn out to watch these events.

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