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7th October 2021

The city’s treasured Arctic Corsair moved to a local shipyard to receive a programme of restoration.

Hull’s last remaining sidewinder trawler, the Arctic Corsair moved on Wednesday 6 October by SMS Towage tugs. It took two tugs just over three hours to relocate the trawler down the Humber estuary to its temporary home, whilst works take place.

Crowds of people gathered to see the ship move from her current location and along the River Humber to Dunston’s shipyard, where the trawler will now receive extensive restoration work.

Arctic Corsair Sails To Albert Deck
The Arctic Corsair sails down the Humber to Albert Dock
Arctic Corsair Is Towed Down The Humber
Arctic Corsair is towed down the Humber

The last remaining sidewinder trawler will be placed in a dry-dock for a full inspection to assess her condition and enable extensive works to take place that will ensure the long-term preservation of both historic vessels.

The restoration work is being undertaken to showcase both the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship as working vessels, to fully appreciate their unique histories and the stories of those who worked on them.

Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “The relocation of the Arctic Corsair signals the start of an exciting journey as work can now get underway to protect its future for generations to come.

“With the support from volunteers and specialists in the field, the work commissioned on the historic ship has been carefully planned, to strike the delicate balance between conservation and restoration.

“The ship must retain the key historical elements to enable visitors make a real emotional connection with them and show them as when they were working, this is vital for a heritage experience.”

Richard Bourne, Managing Director and co-owner of Dunston (Ship Repairs) Limited, said: “This is a significant landmark, and it is fantastic to have the the Arctic Corsair berthed in our local shipyard. We are extremely excited to start the restoration on the city’s most recognised ship and it will be a privilege to work on her on behalf of the city.”

It is anticipated, the brand-new visitor attraction at the historic North End Shipyard and the Arctic Corsair will open in autumn 2023.