Endeavour to See It
Byline: Peter Bibby Community Affairs Editor
FORGET the traditional attractions of Christmas in Cardiff and join the hordes walking the plank - onto The Endeavour.
Hundreds of trippers are making the pilgrimage every day to Cardiff Bay to take a look around the replica of Captain Cook's ship of discovery.
Almost 900 people toured the boat moored in the Mount Stuart Graving Docks next to Techniquest on the first two days she was open.
Since then an average of 200 people have made the visit each day - including parties of schoolchildren from as far afield as Anglesey.
``We have had school visits from all over Wales, but the interest from the public has been extraordinary,'' said Endeavour Foundation marketing manager Julian Hicks.
Among this week's visitors were panto stars Cannon and Ball.
The comic double-act - who are playing Captain Cockles and Mates Mussels in Dick Whittington at Cardiff's New Theatre - spent an hour on the ship.
There they experienced what life was like aboard the original 18th Century Endeavour which Captain James Cook sailed around the world, discovering much of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands.
His legendary voyage of exploration and scientific investigation to the East Coast of Australia took more than three years to complete.
And Cook then took his crew on various other explorations to places such as Tahiti and Botany Bay.
The ship is a reminder of the period when 4,000 British troops had to be sent to keep the peace in the American city of Boston after riots, and composer Johann Sebastian Bach played the first piano solo in England. The vessel has now opened to the public as an 18th Century museum, just as if Captain Cook and his crew had just walked off. …