During a recent visit to Yorkshire we stopped at the ancient seaport of Whitby. On Whitby's West Cliff is this statue of Captain Cook, which stands on a carved stone plinth. The seagull on his head was real, and seemed quite at home on his bronze perch! Down by the historic harbour is the 17th century house (now a museum) where the young Captain James Cook lodged as an apprentice for 9 years, while training as a seaman. Later in his maritime career, Cook made three epic voyages of discovery which led to the founding of two modern nations, Australia and New Zealand. But I discovered that Whitby is famous for much more than Captain Cook - more next week!