Captain Cooks Monument
Standing 51 ft above the Easby Moor is a the monument to Teeside’s greatest son. Captain cooks monument was built here in over looking Great Ayton where he grew up before leaving for Staithes. Captain Cook become the greatest explorer of all time. Joining the merchant navy at whitby and the the Royal Navy. He lead 3 expeditions to the Pacific discovering new lands and claiming them for the British Empire. Cook joined the Royal Navy in 1755 and quickly working his way up the chain of command; and taking part in the amphibious assault on the French fortress at Louisbourg during the seven years war. In this campaign James Cook he showed his ability to make accurate maps and the work he undertook on the Saint Lawrence River allowed general Wolf to make the famous stealth attack on the Plains of Abraham.
His first commission in 1766 was as commander of HMS Bark Endeavour; and on his expeditions he would become the first European to reach the Hawaiian Islands and the coastline of Australia. A mark of the great man was his ambition not only to go “farther than any man has been before me, but as far as i think it is possible for a man to go!”.