It's like Washington village turning our Old Hall into an Aldi or Lidl. Unthinkable!
I did not realise it was privately owned and yes, the owner can do what he likes with it. It's his. But it's synonymous with what Whitby is as a town.
Surely something can be done to keep it here for everyone. Can it be donated? Can a dry dock be constructed permanently in order for the repairs to be made by local craftsmen?
It just takes somebody with deep pockets to take it abroad and it's goodbye heritage. What a history that ship has.
Please someone save this ship for Whitby.
Editor's note: The life-size replica of HMS Endeavour, famous for its role in Captain James Cook's voyages of exploration, has been put up for sale by its owner, businessman Andrew Fiddler, who bought it in 2018. He transported it from Stockton to Whitby Harbour, where it has been berthed ever since. There is a museum and restaurant on board.
The original vessel, which was built in Whitby, was sunk during the American War of Independence in 1778.