Hull’s historic ships to receive major restoration

Hull’s historic ships to receive major restoration

Hull’s historic ships to receive major restoration

Two of Hull’s historic ships are set to receive a course of major restoration works, Hull City Council have announced.

The council has begun a process to appoint a shipyard to undertake major repair and restoration works that will preserve the Arctic Corsair and the Spurn Lightship for the next 100 years.

In a statement released yesterday, a spokesperson for Hull City Council News said:

“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.”

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration, planning, land and property, added:

“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.”

This comes after the owner of two other historic ships made the decision to remove his vessels from Hull Marina, citing a “lack of support from the authorities.”

Mal Nicholson has moved his historic ships, HMS Pickle and Spider T. Humber Super Sloop, to Alexandra Quay Marina in Grimsby.

He said:

“I have truly enjoyed working with the people of Hull who have supported us but unfortunately for the project to move forward it cannot happen with no support from the authorities.

“Together we achieved great things in Hull and as ambassadors for the Sailors Childrens Society a wonderful Hull based charity and flying the flag for Hull.”

It has been suggested that a greater degree of support has been offered by authorities in Grimsby, although it is not clear whether the necessary support is directly in relation to restoration and repair works.

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