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24th May 2021

Hull Maritime Foundation, a charity dedicated to supporting the Hull Maritime project has been awarded £50,000 to contribute to the conservation of two of Hull’s historic ships.

The Headley Trust recognised the need to support the conservation and restoration of both the Spurn Lightship and the sole survivor of Hull’s once 150+ strong distant water, sidewinder fishing fleet, the Arctic Corsair because of the significance that the much-loved ships have in Hull’s recent maritime history. The conservation of both ships is a key element of the Hull Maritime project, funded by Hull City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Lord Chris Haskins, Chairman of Hull Maritime Foundation, said: “My sincere thanks go to The Headley Trust for supporting the Foundation’s endeavours.

“The grant will make a key contribution towards giving both ships a new lease of life and securing their future for generations to come. Its generous support will help us ensure that the ships and their stories will live on for many more years.”

Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council and responsible for Economic Investment and Regeneration, said: “We are grateful to The Headley Trust for responding to the Foundation’s application and awarding this grant.

“This funding will help the will contribute to the £2.6m funding gap to support the wider Hull Maritime project and ensure our ambitions become a reality.”

Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Hull City Council, five key maritime treasures —Arctic Corsair, North End Shipyard, Spurn Lightship, Dock Office Chambers and the Hull Maritime Museum — will be transformed.