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Rob Bell investigates how Endeavour, a humble coal ship, became one of Britain’s greatest ships.  He starts off in Whitby, where a full size replica of Endeavour, lies in its harbour.  

Endeavour’s captain, James Cook had two missions: the first was to record the Transit of Venus, a rare astronomical phenomenon that would help solve the mysteries of the solar system.  But it was Cook’s next mission that would catapult him into the pages of history. In the captain’s cabin, Rob explains that it was the King himself, George III, who commanded him to find a mysterious continent in the South Pacific.  Endeavour would have to sail, quite literally, off the map.

So how did she end in a watery grave off the east coast of the US?

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