Hull’s Arctic Corsair and the country’s last distant water side-winder trawler is set to move from its current berth for the first time in 20 years on Sunday 4 August.
From 7am, LGSA Marine and Dean’s Tugs will undertake the complex operation to move the 693-tonne trawler down the River Hull.
This will happen during high tide so she can make her way to a temporary berth. The berth is being provided by Siemens Gamesa with the support of Associated British Ports.
As this is a complex move and reliant on water levels and weather conditions timings could vary significantly. Also, the move is reliant on water levels and weather conditions timings could vary significantly.
The important move is required as part of the Environment Agency’s £60m River Hull flood defence scheme.
As part of the ambitious Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project she will then will be preserved and will then set sail into her final berth at a refurbished dry-dock at the North End Shipyard, off Dock Office Row.
A final funding bid for £13.6m was submitted to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. A decision on the outcome is expected to be made in the autumn.
Councillor Daren Hale, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration, Planning, Land and Property, said:
“Preparations for this significant and emotional move are well underway. This is the first step in an exciting journey for the Arctic Corsair as we continue to develop plans for the ambitious maritime project.
Arctic Corsair A Unique Survivor
“She is a genuinely a unique survivor, veteran of the cod wars and representative of the fishing industry she worked in 60 years ago. It is only right we protect and promote her significance for the city, its people and also the nation.”
Chris MacKinnon, Marine Logistics Manager at Siemens Gamesa, said:
“We are delighted that our river berths are being used to preserve a significant piece of Hull’s history. We would love to see the port usage optimised and have fantastic facilities to support projects like this.”
The move will offer some special views as the trawler will pass under three bridges. Then will towards The Deep to then reach the River Humber.