Update from the Council on the return of the lost trawlers memorial at the water’s edge of Hull
The moves to complete a permanent memorial to the lost trawlers of Hull at St. Andrews Quay have taken a big step forward.
A commemorative sculpture by artist Peter Naylor depicting the crew of a trawler was unveiled near the Sailmakers Arms in 2017 during a ceremony hosted by the then Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.
However, it was removed and placed in temporary storage at the end of 2019 before work began on building new flood defenses at the site, which is also where an annual service is held to commemorate the 6 000 esteemed fishermen who have sailed from Hull over the past century but never returned.
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The flood protection work included the creation of an arched wall and stairs on the site which will eventually be part of the redesign project.
Now that the flood protection work is complete, Hull City Council, acting on behalf of the STAND Fisheries Heritage Group, has officially approved the appointment of a contractor to reinstate the memorial as part of a new landscaped garden. .
Subject to Covid, the decision means work is expected to be completed in 2022 with an expected construction period of between 12 and 20 weeks.
The area will feature three themed areas – home, dock, and sea – each featuring hard and soft landscaping using a variety of materials to reflect the history of the fishing industry and docks.
Civil engineering firm ESH Construction will carry out the design and build project under a contract worth £ 200,000.
The cost will be covered by funds raised by STAND during numerous public events and appeals organized over the years.
The group was originally formed in 1989 when former fisherman John Crimlis came up with the idea of holding an annual memorial service.
Mr Crimlis, who died in 2019, lost two brothers on hull trawlers.
The council also paved the way for the use of the land next to the Humber for the memorial after entering into a long-term rent-free land lease with Orchard Street, the commercial real estate company that owns the site, including the business park at proximity.
Hopes of an earlier completion were dashed when the pandemic struck, causing further delays.
In a new council decision report confirming contract award, Regeneration Director Mark Jones said: “The council has worked closely with Stand for several years to deliver a memorial to those lost at sea by the fishing industry in the town at St Andrews Quay.
The council is acting as the responsible body for funding the project and Stand has requested the council to appoint Hull CityCare Limited to manage the project on their behalf.
“In addition, the municipality was asked to recruit a landscaping contractor to carry out the work. “
The report states that Hull CityCare will manage the project on behalf of the council until its completion.
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