Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter

This edition contains a report on Endeavour at Ostend at Anchor, details of the annual dinner including our speaker, a tribute to George Cocks, former Endeavour hand and supporter of the Trust, who has died aged 92, a thank you to everyone that supports us, and a report from Endeavour's trip to Windsor.

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Boat Manoeuvres in the Dark

Endeavour's participation in Ostende at Anchor provided another first for the boat; crossing the Channel in the dark. She would not be alone for the trip however as well-known fisherman Steve Meddle would be with us aboard Birgitta, his Dutch-built motor yacht.

Skipper Paul Gilson had a crew of three for the voyage, Alan Bartram, an experienced RNLI man and Finlay Marshall as tea-maker and general hand.

Author Dick Durham on Sailing on the Thames

Our annual dinner this year is at Chalkwell Park Rooms on Thursday, November 29th where our guest speaker will be local author and sailor, Dick Durham. He began cruising the local creeks in a dinghy, crewed for barge legend Bob Roberts aboard Cambria, was mate on a brigantine.

George Cocks RIP

George Cocks (right) with (l-r) Peter Wexham, Reta Cocks and Mike King

George Cocks, known in Leigh as “Reta Deal’s Husband” died in July aged 92. George helped raise funds for Endeavour and worked on her in Thames Marina repainting her hull and decks.

An Eastender, the Cocks family evacuated to Leigh during the War when he was 15 years old. In time he worked in London docks driving cranes unloading ships from  around the world.

Thank You!

Endeavour has been taken to Leigh's heart since she returned to the creek in 2005. That she is there at all is because of public and corporate support. The East Anglia Pub Co., which owns the Peter Boat, has come aboard with generous support.

As reported previously, their Hilda B beer pumps show the boat and every pint sold brings 10p towards keeping the boat in top condition. Inside the pub is a framed picture of Endeavour and the menus mention us and our part in Dunkirk in 1940.

Coming Apart at the Seams!

Long hot summers are not good for old wooden boats. Planks dry out and shrink and suddenly things aren't as watertight as they were.

Endeavour's trip to Windsor to join the little ships and the Windsor knights took place slap-bang in the middle of our hottest summer for years. Even a 2 a.m. start from Bell Wharf was warm and when the sun came up sitting on the hatches was an uncomfortable experience.

Paul Gilson was skipper with Alan Bartrum and Finlay Marshall as crew. Demands for refreshing tea increased throughout the day as the boat headed into London while the temperature went up and up.

Endeavour Annual Dinner 2018

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"The Endeavour" - Leigh Community Centre Free Event

The Endeavour Trust invites you to come along to see and hear how Endeavour, who started life in 1924 as a working fishing vessel, went to war in May 1940 as a ‘little ship’ as part of ‘Operation Dynamo’, to rescue troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.

Members of the Endeavour Trust will talk about her working days, her remarkable restoration and her new life…
Endeavour Oct 18 Event

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