Here I have photos of ‘Endeavour’, the last remaining wooden Leigh-on-Sea cockle bawley. She is maintained by the Endeavour Trust, a charity set up in 2001 for preserving her. She was built in 1926 by Cole and Wiggins, at Leigh-on-Sea. A programme of activities ensures that she leaves her mud berth for participating in events such as viewing the Thames Barge Match this coming Sunday, 24th August, and sailing to St Katherine’s Dock for a Classic Boat Rally on Friday, 12th September.
‘Endeavour’ took part in the evacuation of British and French troops from the beaches of Dunkirk during World War 11 in June, 1940. Another Leigh Bawley, ‘The Renown’, never made it home because she hit a mine resulting in the loss of her crew of four.
One can become a member of the Endeavour Trust by submitting an application form to the Trust with the appropriate fee for the type of membership required. Here’s a link to a copy of the form:
This is not the first time I’ve posted photos of ‘Endeavour’ to my blog. You can see the others by visiting the link below marked*.
Cole and Wiggins
Association of Dunkirk Little Ships
*Leigh-on-Sea Bank Holiday Amble
Leigh-on-Sea Bank Holiday Amble – Part 2
Leigh-on-Sea Bank Holiday Amble – Part 3