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27 Oct


Happy Birthday and 250 Year Anniversary to Captain James Cook

October 27, 2018 | By |

Born on 27th October 1728, this year marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s voyage of discovery, (as well as his 290th Birthday).  The event has been celebrated throughout the summer, and has included voyages aboard a replica of the HM Bark Endeavour, live music, street theatre, sea shanties and a firework spectacular.

In the Spring of this year, in time for the celebrations, Hirst Conservation undertook essential repairs and the cleaning of his memorial statue, overlooking Whitby harbour, and were able to replace a reproduction plaque in time for the birthday celebrations.    Repairs to the bronze included a stabilising treatment for bronze disease, repairs to the dividing callipers, re-patination and waxing.  The repointing of the stonework and repainting of the lettering of the inscriptions was also undertaken.

Outlining the inscription prior to repainting


Whilst we suspect he will remain a favourite spot for seagulls to rest, the statue is a splendid and fitting memorial, and much visited by tourists from around the world.

‘In celebrating of this 250th anniversary, we are celebrating a Yorkshireman whose unrivalled skill, continued self-improvement, perseverance and quiet ambition are an example to all and to future generations.”

Charles Forgan from the Captain Cook Memorial Museum

In September this year it was reported that archaeologists from the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project believe they have located the wreck of Endeavour (later renamed the rather lacklustre ‘Lord Sandwich 2’) in Newport Harbour, after 25 years of searching.  The project team hope to begin excavations next year, in time for the April 2020 celebrations marking 250 years since Cook’s arrival at Botany Bay, although as a spoil of war it may remain the property of the United States.