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IAT Presents at UK's Captain Cook Museums

On September 16 & 17, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol was in England visiting the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby and Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Marton.  While there he gave a presentation on the 250th Anniversary of James Cook completing his surveys in Eastern Canada, most noteably in Newfoundland.   In the coming years, James Cook 250 will a unique opportunity for the IAT and partner UK National Trails to promote their natural and cultural heritage across the North Atlantic and South Pacific.


The visit began ... where else? ... checking into the Endeavour pub with accommodations in Whitby.


The pub is located just around the corner from the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, which is housed in the 17th century Walker House on Grape Lane.


The harbourside house owned by Captain John Walker was where the young James Cook lodged as an apprentice and trained as a seaman. 


It has a large courtyard overlooking the harbour, where Whitby colliers were once built and set sail for trade in the North and Baltics Seas.


It stands 3-stories, with the ground floor furnished according to an inventory of 1754


and the other two floors containing exhibits of Cook related maps, paintings and other artifacts.


Paul was given a tour of the museum by Sophie Forgan, Chairperson of Trustees

(L-R) Trustee Chairperson Sophie Forgan, Paul Wylezol & Chairman of Management Committee Peter Brown


before giving a presentation in the new reception area adjacent to the entrance.


In addition to maps showing Cook's survey work in Nova Scotia, Quebec and Newfoundland & Labrador

Cook Map of Bay of Islands, NL

Cook Map of Western Newfoundland showing region of Cabox Aspiring Geopark (click to enlarge)


it also included excerts from Memorial University of Newfoundland (Grenfell Campus) History Professor Olaf Janzen's recent paper entitled The Significance of James Cook's Newfoundland Years.

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