Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, Whitby

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Captain Cook Memorial Museum is in Whitby, North Yorkshire, England, 43mi north of York. The Museum is in Walker’s House which belonged to Captain John Walker to whom the great explorer, Captain Cook was apprenticed in 1746, and to which Cook returned in the winter of 1771 - 72 after his First Voyage.
The house is situated in Grape Lane on the harbour side. A plaque on the wall states that the house was built in 1688 by Moses and Susannah Dring. It is a largish building on three floors with an attic. It is regarded as a typical example of a well-to-do ship-owner’s house of the period. Much is known about the furnishings of the house from an inventory of contents taken in 1754. The two ground floor rooms are furnished according to this inventory and decorated in the original colour.
The property was bought in 1729 by the father of Captain John Walker, and became his home and place of business. He was also a captain in the merchant marine and developed the family’s shipping business. He died in 1743, and in his will (Borthwick Institute, York), divided his ships between his sons John and Henry, but left the house to them as tenants in common. The brothers allowed their mother to continue to live in the house. After the deaths of his mother and brother, John Walker moved into the house by 1755. The house remained in the family until the mid 19th century and then was used by turns as a hospital and as a private residence until rescued in 1986 to become the Captain Cook Memorial Museum.
Cook was introduced in 1746 to Captain John Walker by William Sanderson, the grocer for whom Cook had worked in Staithes, a nearby fishing village. Walker took him on as apprentice seaman for a three-year term. Cook served Walker first as apprentice, then as seaman and lastly as master’s mate until he joined the Royal Navy in 1755. He spent most of his time at sea on Walker’s colliers, mainly in the coal trade between the Tyne and London but including voyages to the Baltic and Dublin.
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  • On my first ever visit to Whitby ( at 77 years of age) I was very pleased to have the opportunity to visit the Museum and building where Cook was apprenticed - because when a schoolchild I won a Beave...  more »
  • Found this somewhat underwhelming. Moderately interesting displays and info about Cook, in a house he used to live in. The entry fee is a bit much for what is on offer here.  more »
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  • The Bark Endeavour is an amazing replica of Captain James Cook's Ship. What's even more fantastic is the Cafe/Restaurant. The setting, The Orlop Deck Restaurant, has been tastefully renovated with nautical items and the furniture is in keeping with the surroundings. Don't expect upholstered furniture. There is a good selection of food and at an amazing price. The early bird menu from 4-6pm is 3 courses for £15.95 and is stunningly gorgeous and incredible value. I can't recommend this place enough. The Chef is amazing and the waiting staff are all excellent, attentive and efficient. We also got an extra special evening with another amazing surprise with a very talented young singer who played the acoustic guitar called 'Harry'. Fantastic evening and will definitely be back.
  • Very good value for money,my granddaughter is presently covering Cook at primary school and we both learnt a great deal from the information on board. The staff were very helpful and well prepared to answer any questions, extremely enthusiastic. Would recommend, Pippa enjoyed the interactive sand pit and singing along to the sea shanty,s.
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