Statues - Hither & Thither
Yorkshire & Humberside
High Street 101
James Cook Leaving Great AytonMarton, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire 1728 - Hawaï 1779
British explorer, navigator and cartographer, famous because of his three voyages to the Pacific Ocean
Commemorative plaque with a relief showing James Cook walking in a storm.
CAPTAIN JAMES COOK R.N. F.R.S.|
James Cook, circumnavigator and explorer, attended
this school which was founded by Michael Postgate
in 1704. Whilst in Great Ayton James Cook lived at
Aireyholme Farm on the side of Roseberry Topping
where his father worked for Thomas Skottowe
the Lord of the Manor. Cook left Great Ayrton
in 1745 for Staithes, subsequently becoming
apprenticed to John Walker, ship owner of Whitby.
This plaque, showing the young Cook leaving Great Ayrton
was executed by6 Nicholas Dimbleby
and erected by the Captain Cook Schoolroom Trust in 1997.