HM Bark Endeavour replica. Capt. James Cook.


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Why the name "Whitby on Wallis"?

Whitby on Wallis
When we first found this little bit of paradise we were at a loss as to what we would call it. But when we looked at our road number, 1770 (indicating distance from the turn-off from Lakes Way), the penny dropped!
Lew in the rigging.
Lew, a 'Geordie' (a pom from Northumbria) has for a long time had a great interest in Captain James Cook (a pom from neighbouring Yorkshire) and his voyages of exploration. As an ex-sailor himself, he has a great appreciation of what must have been involved and that interest was further fuelled when he sailed aboard the HM Bark Endeavour replica as a supernumerary on a four day trip from Port Macquarie to Sydney.
James Cook trained as a merchant sailor and started his life as a mariner in Whitby. He selected one of the ‘Whitby Cats’ to be converted for his first world circumnavigation. It was renamed HM Bark Endeavour and landed at Botany Bay in 1770.
The number of our property – 1770 – was an immediate reminder of Cook’s journey to Australia. Our new place was to be nestled close to the shores of the beautiful, bountiful Wallis Lake and a recent trip to Whitby was fresh in our minds. So Whitby on Wallis came into being.
Lew at the helm - HM Bark Endeavour.
To some extent we have reflected this ‘theme’ in our home, with some prints, maps, a facsimile of Cook’s journal and other 'odds and sods' around the place. And in relation to the Whitby connection, we have a nice collection of Frank Sutcliffe photos of the area from around the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Cook monument at Whitby, UK.
When he can find the time, Lew likes nothing better than to pore over a book about Cook’s life and explorations – though he’s not quite ready for “The Einstein Factor”!
The 18th century maritime theme is reflected in the heading on our website pages.