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Voyages of Discovery

Voyages of Discovery will take you across the seven seas as you learn about the famous voyages of Captain Cook.

Come to understand how sheer coincidence paired Whitby-built ships and a local Captain in order to explore some of the most exotic places on earth. We want you to feel the buzz of exploration from the Great Barrier Reef to the North-West Passage.

Voyages of Discovery

Captain Cook

Whitby will forever be associated with Captain James Cook. The young Cook began his naval career in Whitby and by pure coincidence would end up commanding Whitby-built ships on his famous voyages of discovery.

In the BBC poll for its 100 Greatest Britons series Captain Cook was voted as the 12th greatest Briton in history, finishing ahead of Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington. 

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