Staithes is not all about Captain Cook, but if it was that wouldn’t be a bad thing would it? Cook was one of the World’s greatest navigators and discoverers. Did you know Captain Bligh was under his watch at one point? Amazingly, Cook only once managed to beach his ship and even then he was able to rebuild in the middle of nowhere to continue his navigation and mapping of many of the World’s uncharted coastlines. Captain Cook’s Cottage was where Cook worked as a young boy, perhaps getting his sea legs but certainly his passion for the sea in his dealings out of William Sanderson’s grocers on the harbour front. The Captain Cook Heritage Centre in the High Street does well to capture the shop and how it looked in the early 18th century and also tells a great story of Staithes over time, much of which is all about the village’s relationship with the sea, with fishing but also with ravaging storms and devastation.