10th August 2023
The final touches to a new Memorial Garden at St. Andrews Quay are being made.
‘The City’s Memorial to the Lost Trawlermen of Hull’ is dedicated to the 6,000 trawlermen who lost their lives at sea, spanning more than 150 years of Hull’s fishing industry.
Commissioned by local fishing heritage group – STAND: St. Andrews Dock Heritage Park Action Group, work began in April by local building contractors, Wright Civil Engineering.
The Memorial focal point is designed in the shape of a ship’s bow which includes the original corten steel sculpture of 13 trawlermen designed by local artist, Peter Naylor. Throughout the Memorial Garden there are special features which reflect Hull’s fishing industry and a montage of photos which show the life and challenges of working at sea. Situated along the path are three information boards which focus on different aspects of the industry and community.
Hull Maritime, the project transforming some of the city’s maritime treasures, awarded STAND a grant to create and install the three information boards as part of the Memorial, through its community grant scheme.
The whole site will become wheelchair friendly and will provide benches in the ‘bow’ area to sit and reflect whilst looking out over the Humber.
Councillor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “It’s great to see the Memorial Garden nearing completion. It has been made possible because of STAND’s continued dedication and commitment as well as the support and generous donations received by individuals, local community and businesses.
“Once open, it will become the perfect setting for many people to come and pay their respects and remember loved ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice and never came home. They will never be forgotten.”
Ruth Creasey, Chair of STAND, said: “It’s great to see The City’s Memorial to the Lost Trawlermen of Hull finally come to fruition after over 20 years of fundraising and setbacks.
“STAND are truly grateful to everyone who has supported us on this journey. It is sad to think that Ron Wilkinson, STAND Chairman until his passing on 4 April 2023, will not see the fruits of his hard work and commitment but I am absolutely sure he would be proud of the completed Memorial and what it will mean to the people of Hull, especially to those who have lost loved ones at sea.
“The Memorial will be a legacy to Ron and to all those people who have been involved in the history of the Memorial Project but who have sadly passed away.”
The Memorial is almost complete and open for everyone to learn about Hull’s proud fishing heritage and most importantly, to remember Hull’s fishermen lost at sea.
The official opening of ‘The City’s Memorial to the Lost Trawlermen of Hull’ will take place on Sunday 24 September at 12noon on St Andrew’s Quay.
For more information on The City’s Memorial to the Lost Trawlermen of Hull and updates, visit www.hullfishingheritage.org.uk and STAND Facebook page: standhullheritage