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10th December 2021

Work to dismantle Hull’s last remaining Scotch Derrick crane has got underway.

Based at the former North End Shipyard, the task to remove the crane in sections got underway on Thursday 9 December.

Specialist engineering contractor, Mona Lifting Limited, has been appointed to dismantle, transport, conserve and rebuild the 18-tonne crane.

After preparatory works, the crane will be carefully dismantled into sections lifted by mobile crane onto trucks and transported to Mona’s works for sympathetic repair that maintains the crane’s integrity and original look using traditional riveting and joining techniques. Corrosion will be treated by blast cleaning and all metal items will be re-coated using two pack epoxy paints in colours matching the original livery.

Once restored it will return to a different location at the North End Shipyard, a former shipyard and hidden gem and re-erected in its original configuration. Creating a new visitor attraction for the city, the former dockyard will become the new home for the Arctic Corsair, in a dry-berth securing the trawlers future. It will enable visitors for the first time to appreciate its true size.

The Scotch Derrick crane has been saved
The crane will be restored and will be relocated at North End Shipyard

Councillor Daren Hale, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration and Planning, Land and Property, said: “It’s great to see work start on the city’s last remaining Scotch Derrick crane.

“This stiff legged crane has been rescued, by restoring and rebuilding this piece of equipment it will give it a new lease of life so visitors can appreciate its history, significance and story.”

Gethin Jones of Mona Lifting said: “We are very proud and honoured to have been selected to carry out this interesting and technically demanding work.”

Work to repair the crane is expected to take six months to complete.

The Hull Maritime project, funded by Hull City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, encompasses the redevelopment of five historic sites in Hull city centre: the transformation of the Grade II* Hull Maritime Museum and the Dock Office Chambers, the creation of a new visitor attraction at the North End Shipyard and the restoration two historic vessels, the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship.