Owner Andrew Fiddler has spent £1m turning it into tourist attraction. It arrived in Whitby after being towed from Stockton. The transformed replica of Captain Cook’s ship HM Bark Endeavour is opening to the public in Whitby.
Friday’s opening of The Endeavour Experience is the culmination of over three months’ work, during which the replica underwent a challenging journey from her landlocked status on the River Tees at Stockton to reach the harbour at Whitby.
Since arriving in Whitby on June 1, it has been converted from function venue to visitor attraction.
Work has focussed on converting the top deck and two internal decks of the 33-metre long vessel to provide fun and educational interactive spaces and displays.
Key features on the top deck have been renovated and replaced, including the ship’s wheel, capstan and bell. As visitors board, they will be greeted by ‘Land Ahoy’ being shouted from the crow’s nest lookout point from above, cannons firing intermittently and the sound of goats and chickens coming from the animal crates on the deck.
And as well as infographics explaining the purpose of each feature, visitors will also notice the ‘seats of ease’ – the open-air toilet that sailors would have used comprising a plank with a hole at one end opening down into the sea.
On the main deck, there are 11 different cabins and spaces, including Captain Cook’s own cabin, a sea shanty karaoke room, interactive areas and a replica kitchen, complete with authentic sounds and smells.
On the lowest or Orlop deck, visitors can have lunch surrounded by walls adorned with wooden planks inlaid with quotes from Cook’s journal. A 60-seater restaurant is due to open later in August.
Whitby businessman Andrew Fiddler bought the Endeavour at auction last year for £155,000 and has since spent over £1m transforming it.
He recently denied it would become a “party boat” after it was granted a licence to sell alcohol.
Mr Fiddler said: “It is fantastic to see the Endeavour Experience opening, particularly as it has been such a personal mission of mine to bring the ship to its rightful home in Whitby where the original vessel was built.”
Tickets are £7.50 for adults, £4.50 for children aged 16 and under, under 3s go free.
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