Ross Tiger reopens with new gangway

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre’s Ross Tiger is now back in action with a new gangway after being temporarily closed to the public.

Today, Friday 24 May, saw the official unveiling of the new gangway which was built by Bacon Engineering – a long-standing local firm with links to the fishing industry.

It came after recent inspections revealed that more than a quarter of a century of use in the harsh dock environment had started to damage much of the steelwork.

Councillor Callum Procter, portfolio holder for tourism, heritage and culture, said:

This is a new era for the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre as we reveal the new gangway. It allows vital conservation work to continue to the ship, as well as allowing for visitors and school groups to come aboard and continue to enjoy her story.

David Ornsby, education officer and acting operations officer for the centre, added:

The gangway is a significant piece of engineering work, being more than 40ft long and weighing more than two tonnes. It has been built to the same design as the previous gangway, which has performed admirably since the early 1990s – although this one will be galvanised for greater protection from the dock environment.

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