Covered Up for Winter

Endeavour has now been covered up for the winter. This year we decided to leave her in the water at Leigh Marina, as she'd been out of the water enough over the past year! She's got a lovely sheltered berth.

Her mast has been lowered and a wooden framework erected on the deck. A canvas covering was then installed, and even in the November cold, the heat inside the 'tent' was quite exceptional, and of course social distancing made everything that little bit harder than it should have been.

Welcome to the Autumn 2020 Newsletter

This edition contains news of Endeavour's first trip out in quite a while, down to St Katherine's Docks, a historical piece about when Endeavour was up in London for another reason - a bit of political lobbying on behalf of the fishing industry, an update on our finances, news about our mooring and a summary of all the ways in which people are able to make donations to support us.

Please drop us a line if you have any comments, or visit us on our Facebook page at

A Trip At Last!

Having suffered Covid-19 lock-down in St Osyth for months just as the weather warmed up, Endeavour came home to Leigh Marina for the final stages of repairs and painting. Almost every event planned for 2020 had been cancelled or postponed.

Then the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships invited us to join them at St Katherine's Dock.

When Endeavour Went to Westminster

Fishermen are once again asking for greater control of the seas as the country tries to secure trading deals with the European Union. When we joined the Common Market fishermen were just as militant about their rights and took their protests to the heart of London.

Endeavour’s former owner, Peter Wexham had a leading part in the protest with his partner, Dave Spurgeon. Recalling the protest Peter said: “It was always hard to make a living whilst having a family and a mortgage as well as the expenses of the boat and this was a very hard decision in my life.

An Expensive Year But Worth It!

As we are unable to have our normal AGM this year, we thought you would appreciate an update on our financials. The detailed financial status is now available, as usual, on the website – look under AGM.

2019/20 has been a particularly costly year for the trust. Luckily we were able to hold our dinner in November, but as you are all aware, all other fund raising events have been cancelled due to the pandemic.

We have lovely members in the trust, which we are so thankful for, some of whom have helped even further by making some lovely donation, totalling over £2k in the year.

One sponsor, The East Anglia Pub company (The Peter Boat), also donated a sum of £580, and we have been informed that we will be receiving a donation of £333 from the Waitrose Community Matters programme.

You may have seen that we have also now got a donation button working on our Facebook and website, so donating couldn’t be easier – and it’s such fun to use too – plus we have Amazon Smile now available for anybody who buys online.

Main financial note this year has been the removal of rot from the boat. As you would have read in the last newsletters, as part of our usual maintenance schedule, we had planned in this year to get the deck re-caulked by Brian Kennell and Shaun White, the boat builders who performed the original restoration.

We took the boat round to their yard in St Osyth, but when they started investigative work, they found a significant amount of rot in the stern deck, rudder and transom, which meant that Endeavour was laid up over there for much longer than we had originally envisaged.

The final repair bill for 2019/20 was over £16k, over half of which was covered by the wonderful Co-op donation that we had received in early 2019, and we are so thankful to the people of Leigh-on-Sea and the Coop community fund for making that happen.

We took advantage, whilst
Endeavour was laid up over in St Osyth for months, and a bunch of ‘willing volunteers’ spent some very, very cold and some very, very hot days over in St Osyth, and in Leigh Marina, scraping, sanding and painting her… an experience we won’t forget!! She is now looking lovely. 

The Trust started the year with a total of £19,172.50 in the bank, and we ended the financial year at the end of August with £6,978.53. Hopefully, normality can ensue in 2020/21 and we can plan some events together...

Thank you members!!

Rob Everitt—Treasurer

Making Donations to the Trust

The Trust has set up a number of different mechanisms to enable members and supporters to make financial gifts to help with our work.

All money that is received by the Trust, irrespective of method of donation, will be used to maintain Endeavour and ensure she’s used for the purposes for which the Trust was established and registered with the Charities Commission.

We know that there are many pressures on people’s time and money, and we are always incredibly humbled by and grateful for the generosity of our supporters. Thank you!

You can support our work by becoming a member and renewing your subscription annually – click here for more! Thank you!

PayPal Donate
You can make one-off donations to the Trust via the yellow ‘Donate’ button below. You don’t need a PayPal account as long as you have a debit or credit card. There is a small charge (1.4% + 20p per transaction) to the Trust for receiving these donations but you can use Gift Aid to ensure that we receive the tax back.

Facebook Donate
Facebook users can visit our page at and click the blue ‘Donate’ button under the main photo. There’s no cost to us taking donations by this method and you can use Gift Aid. Users can share links to their followers to ask for donations if they wish.

Donations via Cheque
You can donate by sending a cheque made payable to the 'Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust' to:

The Treasurer
Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust
9 Woodside
SS9 4QX.

Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile is a charitable programme run by Amazon. For every eligible purchase Amazon donates 0.5% of the net cost of the product free-of-charge to you. It won’t change the world, but it all makes a difference!

You have to use a dedicated link; The first time you do this you will be asked to select your charity (The Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust, hopefully!) and thereafter, as long as you use that dedicated Amazon Smile link, we will get the donation from eligible purchases. Amazon mobile app users can turn on Smile by looking under 'Settings' in their app.

More Information

More information about all of these methods of donating, including security information and our Privacy Notice, is accessible from here

Endeavour Trust approved for Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile is a charitable donations programme run by Amazon. For every eligible purchase on the platform, Amazon will make a donation of 0.5% of the net cost of the product (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) to the charity of your choice free-of-charge to you, and we are pleased to say that the Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust is one you can choose to donate to if you are a resident of the UK.

All you have to do is use a dedicated link when you use Amazon; The first time you do this, after you log in, you will be asked to select your charity and there after, as long as you use that dedicated Amazon Smile link, we will get the donation from eligible purchases.

Photos from St Katherine's Dock Trip

A few shots from the weekend of Endeavour's trip down to St Katherine's Dock where she was due to rendezvous with other Association of Dunkirk Little Ships craft. We were thrilled to have been joined by so many members for the journey and they all reported enjoying it very much indeed.

Join Us On The Thames

We are pleased to announce that Endeavour is all ready to go off on her travels again.

This time, it's a trip from Leigh up to St Katherine's Dock which is located just alongside Tower Bridge. We will be motoring up and meeting around 10 other boats from the Association of Dunkirk Little ships at the dock.

Facebook Donations Go Live

From time to time the Trust receives correspondence from individuals who might not be a member of the Trust, but would like to make a donation to help out. To help out, we added a PayPal Donate button to our website a little while ago, but now we're  delighted to announce that the Trust has been approved to recieve donations from users on Facebook.

This means that you will now see a blue 'Donate' button on our Facebook page via which you can make a donation of whatever amount you please to the Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust. 100% of your donation comes to us; Facebook does not charge us fees.

Welcome to the Summer 2020 Newsletter

This edition contains news on Endeavour's return to Leigh, memoriam notices to two of our key supporters and news about veteran status. We also have a couple of requests to make of our supporters.

As it has for many people, lockdown has been a very difficult period and will have serious implications for the Trust's ability to operate. If people are in a position to provide assistance, whether financial (see the Donate button in the left hand menu or going to the Donate menu link on mobile) or by volunteering their time, effort and expertise, it would be greatly appreciated.

Please drop us a line if you have any comments, or visit us on our Facebook page at

Home at Last!

Endeavour on Leigh Beach
Endeavour arrived back in Leigh in the early hours of June 9th having been sailed from St Osyth. Tide times meant skipper Paul Gilson and Alan Barrtram, his crew, had extra hours at sea waiting for Leigh Creek to become navigable. They were finally able to tie up at Bell Wharf at around 2am.

Little Ships Deserve Veteran Status

The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships has asked Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Johnny Mercer to give the boats veteran status.

Ian Gilbert, the vice admiral of the ADLS has written to the Minister, “That it be considered that the Little Ships be recognised for their unique role in our heritage” by being designated as “veterans” under the Armed Forces Covenant.

Michael Guy RIP - Leigh Times Editor Backed Restoration of Endeavour

Michael Guy, RIP
When Mike King and Peter Wexham and John Porter discussed finding and restoring one of the Leigh Dunkirk boats they were considering Resolute which had been traced to Rochester, Kent. The group asked Michael Guy, editor of the Leigh Times to join them.

Come And Join Us!

Your historic boat needs you! We know there are younger and fitter members of the Trust out there.

We would rather they - you - took a more active part in running the boat and managing her future.

John Milgate RIP - A True Craftsman

When Endeavour was rescued from Rochester in 2001 it was clear that expert help was needed to restore her. My first thought turned to John Milgate who spent 14 months re-decking my 86 year old boat, Hypatia.

May We Have Your Email Address?

Give us your e-mail addresses and help save us money!

In a bid to cut expenses and cut our print bill, Membership Secretary, Chris Burls would like to ask technology-savvy to let us know your e-mail addresses.

Facebook Quiz Alleviates Lockdown Blues

In the evening of Tuesday May 12th, followers of the Endeavour Trust Facebook page were able to take part in a Lockdown Quiz. 28 teams (mostly solo or duos due to lockdown rules) took part in the event which was delivered via Facebook Live.

Endeavour is Home!

Endeavour at Bell Wharf
We are delighted to announce that Endeavour is home again! We would like to thank Brian Kennell and Shaun White of Brian Kennell Boatbuilders for their excellent care and restoration of Endeavour over the last few months. 

Following the completion of anti-fouling and painting at St Osyth, Paul Gilson and Alan Barttram brought her home on Monday 8th June.

Here are some photos by Paul of her return and resting against Bell Wharf (click to enlarge). It's lovely to have her back on her home mud again!


...Now the Antifouling!

Paul and Heather Gilson have been antifouling Endeavour today. This is an essential stage otherwise poor Endeavour would end up with barnacles on her bottom, and no one wants that!

Click for bigger versions of Paul's photos.



The Paint is Going On!

Massive thanks are due to Finlay Marshall, Alan Barttram, Chris Burls and Rob Everitt for their sterling socially-distanced efforts to paint Endeavour at Brian Kennell Boatbuilders over the last couple of days.

Here's a few of Rob's photos of the work!


Endeavour Lockdown Quiz

Come and join us on Facebook for a live trivia quiz on Tuesday 12th May at 19:45!

The quiz will be five rounds of ten questions each and should take about an hour. The quiz will actually start at 20:00 but we'll be online from earlier to give people a chance to get online and resolve any issues. There is no charge to take part!

Full instructions on how to view the quiz will be released nearer the time, but for now, if you plan to join us, simply respond to the event  invite with 'Going'.

Questions will be read out but will also be displayed on the screen in case there are any issues with the connection being a bit flaky.

It is entirely "for fun", but we will ask people to post their scores at the end of the quiz. You will be marking your own work, but feel free to compete with friends and family - the more the merrier!"
You have to have a Facebook account in order to participate. The link to do so is

Endeavour in Isolation as Virus Halts Work

Endeavour, Leigh's iconic Dunkirk Little Ship will not be back in town thanks to the corona-virus. The boat is currently in a shed at St Osyth where urgent repairs have been put on hold as the yard is in lock-down.

March Maintenance Update

We wanted to share some more photos of the work being done on Endeavour at Brian Kennell Boatbuilders at St Osyth in order to have her ready to be re-launched next month.

We'd already decided to work leaks in the decking, then Brian discovered the rot behind the locker in the cabin, on around the stern post.

As you can see from the photos, there really has been a lot of work necessary to get Endeavour shipshape for the upcoming season, but she's starting to look back to her best!

Brian reckons they’ll be done with the replacement work within the next 2 weeks – it’s nice to see some deck and the transom appearing! We’re planning another members' maintenance trip  during the last weekend of March to oil the mast and blocks and antifoul her bottom with some ‘Tiger Red’.

We'll then have her top sides caulked and painted, and she’ll be ready to return to Leigh outside the Peter Boat around the end of April.

Feb Maintenance Update

Some more photos of the team hard at work on Endeavour at Brian Kennell Boatbuilders at St Osyth getting her ready to be re-launched in April.

Finlay Marshall, Rob Everitt, Chris Burls, Andy Leonard and Cameron McGregor donned their overalls and got busy sanding the decks and painting to get Endeavour back to the desired state.

January Maintenance Update

A small team of dedicated folks went over to Brian Kennell Boatbuilders at St Osyth today to scrape, sand and prime Endeavour's bottom.  

The poor thing is looking rather sad inside the shed without her transom and lots of decking missing, but Alan Barttram, Chris Burls, Andy Leonard, Finlay Marshall, Paul Burden  and Rob Everitt spent the day scraping, sanding and painting. It was very hard work, we're informed, but Endeavour looked a lot better when the team left… although they didn’t!!

There are plenty more jobs to do, but the plan is to have her back in Leigh in April, looking her best for the year ahead.