LETTER:Yorkshire brass

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From Mr John Tindale

Sir: Simon Calder (Weekend: "Captain Cook: from Whitby to Hawaii", 3 February) repeats the fallacy that Captain Cook "former house" was "dismantled stone by stone" and taken to Melbourne in Australia.

Even in 1934 there were those who would sell you Buckingham Palace - this cottage was the home of Cook's father, who built it himself after Cook had long left home. Cook might have visited it, but that's about all .The Melbourne authorities fell for a good Yorkshire bit of salesmanship.

Yours truly,

John Tindale


North Yorkshire

25 January