12 thoughts on “H.M. Bark Endeavour.

  1. My ancestor was Richard Hamilton who married a Esther Heselton in the early 1800s. He was a master mariner and once married they combined their surnames. Their families lived on the same street Church Lane and each family owned a shop. I wonder if anyone knows of Esther and has any further info?

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    • Hi Michele, I am tracing the history of our cottage in Whitby and Esther was the daughter of William and Jane Heselton of Scoresby Terrace.

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  2. The William & Robert Heselton’s mentioned are direct relations to myself. William was my g grandfather born Whitby 1835, later moved to South Shields about 1878

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  3. Just came across this site while researching the Heselton name. In the past 2 weeks I have been in contact with new cousins who told me a story has been in the family that we had a connection with Capt Cook. My gggrandfather, Nicholas, owned 4 ships in the Scarborough area. His oldest son, Robert, was a Master Mariner and his youngest, Edward, was a second mate and I do find him in trade directories and census” as a MM but no papers. There are also a Thomas and William in the family and could be mariners. I find these names in various sites as MM and with a reference to the Whitby area. I would love to know if any of this rings a bell.

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  4. David Heselton – yes David you are correct. William Heselton of Stockton did serve with James Cook. But it was not aboard Cook”s first ships the Freelove and the Three Brothers. It was on the Mary in 1750. By then Cook had completed his apprenticeship and he was no longer tied to serving John Walker of Whitby. The Mary was owned by John Wilkinson with Wm. Gaskin as master. Heselton was one of three Stockton crew, the others being William Mellanby the mate, and Thomas Johnson a seaman. This may have been Cook”s first voyage to foreign parts as the Mary sailed to St Petersburg, Russia.

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  5. David We are researching the Heselton”s, (On my Mothers side) This connection to Cook I have knowledge of from one of the Family, but are unable to find the documentation, and to know which branch of the family he was related to, there were several Williams one of which is my Gt Grand father William Heselton Any additional information would be appreciated, we understand the vessel was the “The Three Brothers”, Do you know where you saw the crew list ?

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    • Hi Ray
      A cottage we own in Whitby belonged to a William Heselton (b1833) and he was married to Jane Heselton. They had a daughter called Esther. He was a master mariner but would love to find out a bit more about whom he sailed with and where to. Good luck with your search.

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  6. William Heselton was boson aboard Cooks very first ship – if my memory serves me correct, I think it was either “The Three Brothers” or “The Freelove” – I have seen copies of the original muster which lists Captain William Gaskin, Boson William Heselton and amongst the ratings is James Cook Able Seaman. Dave Heselton wdrc@hotmail.co.uk

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  7. Bob Thank you for that information, I think that the latter was more a possibility, if there was a connection as the family came from and around Whitby, some ending up in South Shields. All were connected with the sea, where we do know that (one of the Heselton’s) William Heselton owned and was master (cert No C 22577 Newcastle) of the sailing ship “Jubilee” and his father before him also owned and skippered a vessel We have no reference to the Royal Navy in the family until the 1939 – 1945 WW 2 The search continues

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  8. Ray – “The Journals of Captain James Cook” edited by J.C.Beaglehole contain lists of Cook”s crews on his three voyages of discovery. I have checked these books and regret to say that there is nobody by the name of Heselton in these crew lists. It is possible that somebody “sailed with Cook” as Cook served on several ships in the Royal Navy before setting off on Endeavour. Somebody could even claim to have “sailed with Cook” if they had served with him on one of John Walker”s Whitby colliers during Cook”s seven years in the coal trade.

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  9. Hi Bob With the documents that you have on the “Endeavour” is there a crew list for any of the voyageurs, It is reputed that one of the Family Heselton’s sailed with Cook but unable to substantiate this family belief

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  10. I have in my possession, a copy of Captain Cook’s hand written letters, and the original drawings for the original conversion of a Whitby east coast collier of 368 tons into the Endeavour. She was 106 ft long and 29ft 3 inches in breadth. These documents are in a nice attractive folder of that period were produced in1968 by Wiggins Teape Ltd copied from the original records in the British Museum and the National Maritime Museum(by special permission) It would appear that the company or a company in their group produced the original paper etc. Also there are copies of various hand drawings of places he visited and animals he saw, previously never seen in U.K. before. Copies of pages of the ships log. A hand drawn map of Tahiti by Captain Cook. I have had these since they were printed in 1968.

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