Endeavour Christmas 2019 Merchandise

Hello Trust supporters – have you considered Endeavour Merchandise for your Christmas presents?

All cards £3 for 10 (a selection of 4 types of cards.  All cards contain lovely photos of Endeavour and some of her history on the rear).












Endeavour bag for life - £5













Mugs - £5

Leigh-on-Sea Tea Towel - £3

Endeavour engraved pens - £2

Endeavour keyrings – mixed photo - £2

Endeavour Colouring book (very limited availability now) £4.





Canvas prints –
(Small) 10cms square - £10
(Med) 20 cms square - £11
(Large) 20cms x 30 cms - £12












All the above will be delivered, with a smile, free of charge in the Leigh-on-Sea or the neighbouring area.
Postage is available – depending on delivery address - please contact Rob Everitt to order or to enquire further.

Prices correct at the time of posting, but please be aware that they may change after Christmas 2019 - ask Rob for details!

Welcome to the Winter Newsletter

This edition contains a lengthy report on Endeavour's trip to  Antwerp, the discovery of rot in her transom, AGM news and details of one of Endeavour's Dunkirk movie co-stars!

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It's a Long Way to Antwerp in a Cockle Boat - by Paul Gilson

Above: Endeavour in the procession up the Scheldt in Antwerp during the liberation celebrations. Photo credit: Oostende Voor Anker


Endeavour set another record when she went to Antwerp in Belgium to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the city's liberation from German occupation by Canadian forces. The voyage amounted to over 400 miles!  

Endeavour and five other little ships also accepted the invitation to join in. The following is based on the Endeavour’s log book entries by her captain, Paul Gilson.

The plan was simple, gather at Ramsgate and cross to Nieuwpoort, Belgium. Well three of us did, Mimosa, Mary Scott and Endeavour. Tom Tit, Elvin and Hilfranor would be catching us up.

The Boat has Rot!


Endeavour will not be on view in Leigh for three months while she undergoes repairs to her decks and hull in St Osyth.

Rot was discovered during an inspection by shipwright, Brian Kennell, the man who rebuilt her in 2004. We had already decided to work on the deck to trace leaks. An initial view was that the caulking on the seams needed replacing, a job which would take time and labour.

AGM News

The Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust’s Annual General Meeting has much to discuss this year.

Endeavour will be going to Dunkirk with the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, but, only once urgent repairs are completed.

Hollywood Star Falls On Hard Times

Above is a photograph of the Revlis, whom you might recognise as Moonstone, the boat Mark Rylance’s character takes across the Channel in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 film Dunkirk, in which Endeavour also had a role.

Welcome to our Summer Newsletter

This edition contains news of Endeavour's trips to take part in the D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth, her trip to Antwerp, and the announcement of the Summer Reception.
All this and a round up of other news, including the annual subscription reminder!

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The Longest Day 2019

Photo: Mark Rutley (www.markrutleyphotography.co.uk)
 160 miles in 22 hours!

In May Endeavour set a new record for a voyage traveling from Leigh to Portsmouth in just over 23 hours for the 160 mile trip to be part of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings commemoration.

We believe that the crew aboard for the epic journey were the oldest – so far! For the return trip the crew was Andy Wood, Paul Gilson and Chris Bailey, our three main skippers. For Chris it was his last aboard the boat.

Dunkirk Little Ships had been invited to escort veterans into the Solent on their way to Normandy. The boats were also the first non-naval vessels to moor in Portsmouth's brand new Historic Dockyard. With a series of events in the Solent up until June 6 it was clear more than one crew would be needed.

The Mayor Looks In

Southend Mayor, Councillor John Lamb, with his wife, Pat, the lady Mayoress dropped in on Endeavour's stall at the Leigh Community Event at Bonchurch Park on June 9th.

They are pictured with Paul Gilson and Andy Wood. The free event was organised by Leigh Town Council to promote community groups and local charities, more than 30 of which took part.

Regatta Time!


Endeavour will be on show at Leigh Regatta on Sunday, September 15 and members of the crew will be manning our stall on Bell Wharf as usual. This event, which was once organised by local scout groups is being sponsored by Leigh Lions Club.

The Regatta is one of the most popular events in the Old Town raising money for local charities and scout groups. Musically there will be performances by the Hoy Shantymen at Bell Wharf on board the boat as well as giving members the chance to look the boat over before she goes off to Maldon for repairs in October.