YOUNGSTERS from a Hartlepool primary school had boat loads of fun on a recent school trip.
Children from class 2 at Greatham Primary School, in Egerton Terrace, Greatham Village, Hartlepool, were delighted to take a bus ride to the Captain Cook Museum, in Marton, Middlesbrough.
The five to seven-year-olds had been studying the famous explorer as part of their topic work this term so the outing was a super-fun way of learning more about one of the North-East’s most famous exports.
They got to dress up in historic clothes from the days of Captain James Cook, experiment with telescopes, lay in hammocks like the sailors would have, completed some writing work with feather quills, and even got their pictures taken aboard a mini HMS Endeavour.
The kiddies and their teachers also enjoyed a packed lunch, before all returning back to school to be collected by their parents – with a treasure chest of memories to last them a lifetime!
Captain Cook facts:
l Captain Cook was born in Marton, Middlesbrough in 1728.
l Cook decided to enlist in the Royal Navy at the start of the Seven Years War in 1754.
l During the war James became a master at surveying, navigating, and creating large accurate maps which was noticed by those high up in the Navy.
l Cook was given command of the Endeavour vessel by England’s Royal Society.
l Cook set off for his first journey on August 26, 1768, to observe the planet Venus and to find the fabled southern continent.
l The first European to set foot on Australia’s east coast was Cook’s nephew Isaac Smith.
l The Endeavour also had scientists aboard including botanist Joseph Banks, who collected and recorded numerous plants and animals throughout their journey to Tahiti, the Society Islands, and New Zealand, before discovering Australia.
l The ship was damaged on some coral and they had to stop for a while to do repairs, during which time 30 of the crew died from malaria from mosquitoes.
l Finally they returned home in July of 1771, nearly three years after their departure.