Rating: 4 / 5
Shipwright Thomas Fishburn built a barque in 1764 at Whitby to transport coal from Newcastle to London.
Thomas Milner was her first owner and named his ship Earl of Pembroke. Then in 1768 she was purchased by the Royal Navy, renamed Endeavour and put under the command of Captain James Cook RN to sail that historic voyage to the South Pacific.
Peter Moore outlines the three distinct careers and names of this queen of the ocean. First she was an ignoble collier, then a gallant explorer and finally, as the renamed Lord Sandwich, she transported British troops to oppose Washington’s American revolutionaries, where the ship was scuttled in Newport Harbour to blockade that port.
Endeavour is a most enjoyable book and readers will be inspired by its detailed history of this famous ship.