West Cliff Whitby
On Whitby’s West Cliff is the statue of Whitby’s most famous explorer Captain James Cook. Born in 1728 in the village of Marton on the outskirts of Middlesbrough. Cook as a young man spent time at the fishing village of Staithes and then Whitby serving an apprenticeship. In 1755 James Cook joined the Royal Navy and soon rose threw the ranks. Captain Cooks first commission as a commanding officer came in 1766 when he took the Whitby built HMS Bark Endeavour on the first of 3 voyages that he would under take to the Pacific. Much of the voyages was threw uncharted waters and Cook a brilliant map maker and navigator was the first to chart the coasts of New Zealand and Hawaii and much of the Southern Hemisphere. Sadly on Cooks 3rd great voyage in 1779 he was killed by natives on the Island of Hawaii.