Spurn Lightship in Hull Marina.

Two of Hull’s historic ships set to receive major restoration

The search is underway for a shipyard company to repair and restore two of Hull’s historic ships.

Hull City Council has launched a procurement process to appoint a shipyard to undertake major restoration works that will preserve the Arctic Corsair and the Spurn Lightship for the next 100 years.

For the last 20 years, a dedicated team of volunteers in partnership with the council have been protecting and preserving these two iconic historic ships. Now, thanks to funding from Hull City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Hull Maritime project has the opportunity to build on this hard work and undertake major restoration works that will increase and improve access for visitors, residents and schools.

Last year the country’s last surviving distant water sidewinder trawler, the Arctic Corsair, moved from its current location on the River Hull for the first time in 20 years. Picture by Les Gibbon.

An exhaustive round of surveys has identified where the ships need structural works and repairs, these works have been planned in close consultation with volunteer groups to ensure that the restoration does not damage the ships’ historic presence or charm.

The most exciting element of the works will be the installation of a lift on board the Arctic Corsair, which will enable additional access for all below deck to the fish hold, complete with views into the engine room.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration, planning, land and property, said: “These two ships are part of our maritime heritage. This contract to refurbish them will give them a new lease of life and put them centre stage of our Hull Yorkshire’s Maritime City project.

“They both have a powerful story to tell and these extensive restoration and repairs will ensure they will be in the best possible condition for years to come.”

A range of media will be utilised on both ships to tell their stories and visitors will discover many quirky tales – like why fisherman were more likely to listen to country and western rather than sea shanties.

The deadline is Wednesday 9 September and the procurement documents are available here.

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East Park in Hull