Breakfast meant another opportunity to sit with and talk to different people, depending on who arrived when. Some members were leaving soon afterwards to travel home, others were discussing which sites to visit day in Captain Cook country.
Alwyn, Ruth and I headed off for Staithes, and I took my favourite route over the moors past Scaling Dam and then via a minor road to the coast. It was pouring with rain as we parked at the top of Staithes and walked down the steep (very steep) road to the Staithes Heritage Centre and Captain Cook Museum. It's always a joy to see the owner Reg Firth and let him guide you through his latest acquisitions, and we weren't disappointed this time.
Bernard Higginbotham had been busy again, and we admired the latest reproduction clock from Cook's Voyages: a regulator clock by John Shelton. As expected, we bumped into several CCS members in the museum, and marvelled with each other at the sheer number of items crammed into such a small area.
By now we were getting hungry, so we headed off to a wet Whitby and into Trencher's Restaurant near the Tourist Information Centre. More CCS members inside! Great service as ever. Good fish and chips.
Then off to the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, where we found Sophie Forgan, who showed us round the special exhibition in the attic she had curated. This year it was "Northward Ho! - A Voyage towards the North Pole 1773". Although I'd read the catalogue, seeing the items brought the story to life, and hearing Sophie explain how they had been obtained for the exhibition made us appreciate the difficulties and effort required to put on such a fine show. Always worth a visit. Always worth hearing Sophie.
As we wandered the streets we bumped into more CCS members and discussed what we'd seen and where we ought to go next. A downpour decided it for us. A cup of tea! When it had cleared we left the café, and headed back to the hotel. Not so many of us that evening for dinner, so we ate in the bar.
Another weekend of interesting talks, great conversation and wonderful company.
All photos by Alwyn Peel and Ian Boreham
Originally published in Cook's Log, page 16, volume 34, number 1 (2011).