What an Endeavour

Today I was on assignment for Getty Images the banks of the River Tees as a replica of Captain Cook’s famous ship, HM Bark Endeavour was hoisted by crane over the lock gates at the Tees barrage as it headed further downriver for refurbishment.

The ship was moving from its former berth in Stockton to Whitby after being bought in auction by Whitby businessman Andrew Fiddler.

Earlier plans to lift the replica ship were abandoned due to weather and technical issues.

As the Endeavour’s hull is three meters wider than the six metre wide lock gates the ship had to be hoisted five metres into the air to clear the gates before being lowered back onto the seaward side of the river.

After a six-week refurbishment in a dry-dock the ship will be made seaworthy and will be tugged down to Whitby where it is expected to become a major tourist attraction this summer.

The HM Bark Endeavour is one of only two life-size replicas in the world of the original ship commanded by Captain James Cook for his first voyage to Australia and New Zealand in the 18th century.

Below I’ve edited into black and white some of the photos from a day on the riverbank.

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Images (c) Ian Forsyth/ Getty Images

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