H.M. Bark Endeavour

By C. Knight, published August 1933


Cook’s first voyage to the South Seas to observe the transit of Venus in 1768 was undertaken in the Whitby-built bark, Endeavour. This article traces the correspondence between the Admiralty and the Navy Board in search of an appropriate vessel. Once the Earl of Pembroke had been purchased and renamed Endeavour, the correspondence of the Deptford dockyard officers and Lieutenant James Cook provide the narrative of the preparations for sea. The final years of the bark, before being sold out of the service, round off the story.

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Filed under: English Channel | James Cook | North Sea | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Miscellaneous | Shipbuilding & Design

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