On Sunday 4th August 2019 Hull’s last sidewinder trawler, the Arctic Corsair left her berth on the River Hull. She has been a successful visitor attraction in the Museum Quarter for twenty years but now she has a great opportunity to have a major restoration and become a showpiece in the development of the Hull: Yorkshire Maritime City Project.
In a carefully planned and delicate operation, she was towed to Alexander Dock where she will undergo essential repair work to areas which require attention externally and interior cosmetic work aimed at retaining the authenticity of the Corsair in her working life.
On completion, the Arctic Corsair will then move from Alexander Dock to her new home at North End Shipyard, further down the River Hull where she will be berthed dry, in a newly refurbished dry dock to provide a more interesting aspect and experience for visitors. In addition, the plan is to also install a modern visitor centre which will house many artefacts and new technical features and allow safe access to view and board the Arctic Corsair for tours, this innovation may also have a lift installed to enable access to the disabled. Showers and changing area facilities will be added for the volunteer workforce who will, as in the past, carry out daily maintenance to the vessel and give guided tours to the general public.