The Memorial to Hull’s Lost Trawlermen

The Memorial to Hull’s Lost Trawlermen


With the many tragedies that have beset the fishing community over the years, there have always been calls for, and the need to deliver, a permanent Memorial to Hull’s Lost Trawlermen. One of STAND’s Constitutional Objectives commits the group to creating a fitting commemorative place worthy of those who gave their lives. It is hoped that this Memorial will become a place of remembrance to which relatives of those lost and the general public can visit and pay their respect to the thousands of men who were lost.




    In 2003 STAND embarked on a fundraising campaign to deliver such a Memorial.

    In 2008 the Fund reached a significant milestone of one hundred thousand pounds (£100,000). This figure was achieved thanks to the unprecedented generosity of the general public and a campaign backed by the Hull Daily Mail.

    On 6th March 2009 STAND became an Unincorporated Charitable Organisation registered with the Charity Commission # 1128457, thereby increasing their Memorial fundraising capability.

    From August 2010 the stages of design and development experienced difficult times with disappointing delays leading to increased financial costs. 

    In June 2015, with the project entering the construction stage, measures were taken to reduce costs in order for the Project to maintain financial sustainability.  The initial estimated total figure for the completion of such a project was in the region of two hundred and fifty thousand pounds (£250,000).

    Due to limits attached to STAND’s unincorporated charitable status, the group cannot carry out contractual agreements in their own right therefore the Memorial Project is partly administrated and financially aided by Kingston upon Hull City Council, with contracts being negotiated by them on behalf of STAND.

    In April 2014 a Memorial Funding Agreement was set up between STAND and KHCC into which STAND paid, as required, instalments of funding which allowed the scheme to progress. 

    In June 2015 a major contribution by STAND was made into the Funding Agreement Account to be made available for the construction of the Memorial, the complementary Garden and the development of the site.

    Fundraising for the Trawlermen’s Memorial Garden, which will encompass the Memorial to Hull’s Lost Trawlermen, continues to the present day and generous donations have been received.

    Recently, STAND applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for part funding of our Project. We are awaiting a decision.


    Throughout the life of the project a number of setbacks have been experienced.

    The preferred Memorial site had always been located on the old Fish Dock (St. Andrew’s Dock), now a retail shopping park with its attractive frontage to the River Humber; this was the seaway through which so many trawlers transited when embarking from their home port on their trips to the Arctic Fishing Grounds.

    Initially, the Inner Bullnose area at the East end of the dock with the lock leading to the river was earmarked as the preferred site. Regrettably, this area was never developed and fell into disrepair over a period of four decades. At this time the Annual Lost Trawlermen’s Day Service’s were being held on the opposite  (outer) bullnose area but due to Health & Safety regulations and insurance difficulties, in 2010 STAND had to seek a safer alternative location. 

      STAND then sought permission from the then owners of the retail park, Capital & Regional, to use a river front area to the West of the original site but still within what was the old fish dock limits. This site was agreed and planning for the Memorial design and construction began. Unfortunately the retail park changed ownership three times which resulted in delays and renegotiation each time.

    In addition to this, the first overall design failed to gain support of the general public due to the uninspiring memorial focal point, even though it was granted planning permission by the Hull City Council Planning Committee in 2015 because the plans did not contravene their regulations.



    In June 2015 at the STAND AGM, and with a change of Committee, a proposal agreeing a new Memorial design competition was launched.  The competition allowed the general public to register their preference, resulting in local sculptor, Peter Naylor and his design being declared the overwhelming winner.

    The new design, rightly chosen by the people of Hull, designed by a local man and constructed by the local firm of W. Campbell and Son Ltd, was financed courtesy of the funds generously donated by the people of Hull.

    A planning application with a new focal point design was submitted to KHCC planning on 13th May 2016.  A non material amendment planning application in respect of this new design was agreed by Hull City Planning on 13th June 2016 allowing the project to move forward.


    A special ceremony took place on 12th February 2017, in conjunction with the Annual Lost Trawlermen’s Day Service, at which a blessing of the Memorial Figures took place by the Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu.




Due to necessary flood defence work by the Environment Agency along the St. Andrew’s Retail Park which includes the Memorial site, completion of the whole site has resulted in the full design being delayed.
A two phase ‘interim’ and ‘integrated’ plan is now in place.
The ‘interim’ phase has allowed STAND to carry out limited landscaping of the Garden area and temporarily install the pivotal piece (Memorial figures).
When the Environment Agency is ready to carry out their flood defence work in Winter 2019/Spring 2020, the pivotal piece will be temporarily removed and placed in storage at W. Campbell & Son Ltd .
The EA have agreed to ‘integrate’ their work into the final design at which time the figures (pivotal piece) will be replaced.
Operational difficulties have caused delays to the Environment Agency’s Flood Defence work, as a consequence the completion date for the Trawlermen’s Memorial Garden has had to be rescheduled for Autumn 2020.




Draft design of the east end of the Trawlermen’s Memorial Garden site. Designed by Colour Urban Design Ltd.

The design shows, in part, the proposed flood defence wall by the Environment Agency.





               Description and concept written by Peter Naylor :  Sculptor of the Memorial Figures

     The sea is their grave but this Memorial sculpture is, in many ways,

    a headstone for the lost trawlermen

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