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250th Anniversary of Captain James Cook observing and recording the Transit of Venus on 3rd June 1769


The 1805 Club and the Captain Cook Society are organising a joint event in Whitby, North Yorkshire from Saturday, 1 June, to Tuesday, 4 June, 2019, to commemorate and celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Captain James Cook observing and recording the Transit of Venus on the 3 June, 1769.

Members can attend any one or more days, or all four. Coach travel will be arranged for the events not taking place in Whitby for which there will be a charge. There is no suitable accommodation for us all in Whitby, so members will need to make their own arrangements. A list of hotels will be sent to those expressing an interest in attending the event.

On Saturday morning, there will be a talk on the humble beginnings of James Cook. It will be held at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Marton, and will be followed by visits to this museum, and to St Cuthbert’s Church, Marton, where Cook was baptised. In the afternoon, we shall visit Great Ayton to visit the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum. Members can also see the Cook statue on the village green, the obelisk marking the site of his father’s cottage, and All Saint’s Church, which Cook attended, and his mother’s gravestone.
Nearby are Aireyholme Farm, where Cook’s father worked, Easby Moor and Roseberry Topping.

Sunday will comprise events in Whitby, including a special service at St Mary’s Church, to celebrate Cook’s life, a talk on Cook’s time in Whitby, visit to the Captain Cook Memorial
Museum, including the new exhibition on the flora and fauna of the First Voyage and Joseph Banks.
Other places in Whitby to visit include the Cook statue, Endeavour replica ship, Whitby Museum in Pannett Park, and Whitby Abbey.

Monday will comprise a series of talks in Whitby relating to the transit of Venus and the historic legacy of Cook to navigation and cartography.
There will a buffet lunch, an evening reception and an evening dinner with a guest speaker.

On Tuesday, we will visit the Historic Dockyard at Hartlepool, where members can visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy, HMS Trincomalee, as well as look round the dockyard.

All times and events are subject to variation.

A form with more detail can be found here

The cost of attending all four days is £100, or £60 for Monday, £20 for Saturday the 1st June and £20 for Tuesday the 4th June.

Please email Secretary@CaptainCookSociety.com by 31 March, 2019, which days you wish to attend.

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