A Replica Of HMS Endeavour Starts A Hazardous Journey Down The River Tees

The ship has been bought by an Ex-Navy businessman, Andrew Fiddler, who plans to do a full restoration of the ship.

A full-size replica of HMS Endeavour, the ship that took Captain Cook on his first voyage to Australia and New Zealand, has begun its own hazardous journey down the River Tees after being bought by an Ex-Navy businessman. 

Andrew Fiddler plans to do a full restoration of the ship, the only one of its kind in the Northern hemisphere, before rehoming her as a tourist attraction in Whitby.

But before that, she has a few obstacles to overcome!

The 183 tonne, 33-metre long vessel floats but was never made for sailing and she's 3 metres too wide to get through the lock entrance to pass the Tees barrage.

So the only solution is she will need to be lifted 5 metres into the air and into the larger lock.

From there she'll continue her journey to Whitby stopping first for a 6-week refit a mile downstream.      Andrew says:

"The reason I bought this was my enthusiasm for the sea... I really didn't want it going elsewhere, so need to keep it in northeast".

And the HMS Endeavour does not come cheap.

Andrew purchased the ship last year for £155,000, beating bidders from London and Dubai.   However, he has to wait just a little while longer to get the ship on the move as the vessel has not been able to be lifted over the lock quite yet due to bad weather.