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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.