Ian Martin is one of the many volunteers who delivers the maritime guided walks in Hull city centre. Ian arranged for the team to visit the Hull Fishing Heritage Centre and brush up on the maritime knowledge ready for the guided walks restarting on 10 February.
A few of the guides had not visited the museum or Hessle Road/St Andrews Dock.
We met at the fisherman's statue on the corner of the Boulevard on Hessle Rd and looked at the memorial boards to lost trawlers and fisherman situated there before proceeding to the museum. We were guided around the exhibits by Jerry Thompson himself an ex fisherman and survivor of the wreck of the trawler Ian Fleming.
Continuing on the tour, I pointed out streets of interest such as Coltman Street home of Christopher Pickering the trawler owner and Lilian Billoca the leader of the Headscarf Revolutionaries who fought a long campaign for safety measures and equipment to be introduced onboard the trawlers.
We passed by Harrow St the birthplace of Tom Courtney the actor whose family were also involved in one way or another in the Fishing industry. We made our way to what was one of the main tunnel entrances to the Dock via West Dock Avenue, passing the famous Rayner's Pub were many of the fishermen spent their hard earned money! Once through the tunnel we examined what's left of the Dock and I tried to paint a picture of what it was like in it's heyday.
From there we could see the Arctic Corsair in Dunston's Ship Repairs awaiting its transfer to our new museum down the High Street.
A visit to the museum is well recommended where you will see and hear stories from the men who actually worked on the trawlers. Entrance is free and there is a car park provided at the rear of the museum.
The centre provides people with information, artefacts, and resources to help them understand the role of finishing in Hull’s identity and heritage. There are models of trawlers, memorabilia displays, as well as collections of photographs.
Hull Fishing Heritage Centre
270 The Boulevard
Find out more about the maritime guided walks here.