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image for Festival item typeWhitby Fish and Ship Festival 2019 at Whitby Harbour

Festival, Sat 18 - Sun 19 May 2019

Whitby Fish and Ship Festival 2019

Whitby Fish and Ship Festival 2019

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What did sailors eat on long voyages? How was food prepared in rough weather when the stove could not be lit, and was it all as horrible as popular legend suggests? Sailors certainly had to eat salt beef, ships biscuits (and weevils too!) but there was much more. Cook had an unrivalled reputation for feeding his men well and keeping them healthy.

This exhibition explores food on Cook's voyages: what stores were taken, how food was preserved, how it was served, and what extra food was caught or gathered during the long voyage. There are many surprises. Imagine Cook using fine china at his table for his fellow officers and distinguished guests! Imagine the young explorer, Joseph Banks, equipping himself for expeditions on land and sea with a portable cooking apparatus, including a travelling pepperpot and nutmeg grater!

With the help of generous loans from Skaill House, Orkney, the Royal Geographical Society, London, and several regional museums, the exhibition opens an unexpected window on eating and food in the 18th century. The 'Fish & Ships' programme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Accepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 18 - Sun 19 May 2019

Contact

Whitby Fish and Ship Festival 2019

Address

St Annes Staith,
Whitby,
North Yorkshire,
YO21 3PY

Location

Directions

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Map reference: NZ 898114  Lat: 54.49000 Long: -0.61521

By Road:
On approach to Whitby head for town centre, down Bagdale and into Whitby. Go straight across roundabout onto New Quay Road, carry striagt on to St Anne's Staithe and straight on to Pier Road.The Old Lifeboat departs from the Bandstand, Pier Road, Whitby.

Facilities

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