The Last Trip Design Concept
Our historical feature reflecting the city's fishing heritage
THE LAST TRIP DESIGN CONCEPT
This was the concept design for the Last Trip Memorial
Our Concept for the Memorial for the Lost Fishermen of Hull. The Last Trip feature was produced as a starting point that would hopefully help inspire further development. And with St. Andrew's Dock being in decline for well over 50 years we are trying to create solutions that in some way can help to improve this area.
Heritage Memorial for the Lost Fishermen of Hull.
The video above shows our design feature called "The Last Trip" The brief video uses the soundtrack for the BBC drama Spy Ship. Folk singer June Tabor sang this song she was accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Spy Ship was a 1983 serial on BBC2 drama with its storyline based around the Cold War.
All that you see here has been produced in our own time - free of charge. We have used our in-house skills to help visualise concepts that could create a real impact on communities. The concept featured here has taken almost four years to research and prepare and has engaged with the local community to give us some valuable feedback. It is this feedback which has helped us to design a Heritage Memorial which will reflect some of the wishes, opinions and experiences of the local people of Hull.
The objective is to build the most Interactive and Educational Memorial in the World
You can see the feedback we have received from the earlier concepts called the Ship to Shore Version 1 and the Heritage Dock shown on the concept and project pages. This section has not been made public and it displays in-depth designs which have been derived from public feedback that we have received so far. Our public feedback has come to us from other parts of this website in the form of hundreds of public comments - all of which have been very positive and supportive.
The profile of the ships bow allows for flowers to be placed inside or a single flower to be placed in the cutout of the anchor.
Expectations are high
Their are very strong local feelings about a solution for a suitable Heritage Memorial. Various charities and the local community groups in Hull have worked tirelessly for many years, campaigning and trying to raise funds from charity events. And with funds being limited and considering the time it takes to acquire donations, we felt that any help which we could give to support this campaign would be welcomed.
Our Heritage Memorial aims to educate the present-day public about the 6,000 to 8,000 men that were lost from the port of Hull. Men who worked in an industry that has suffered the loss of almost 900 trawlers since 1835. Once the World's largest deep-sea fishing port, Hull needs a fitting Heritage Memorial which recognises the large number of fishermen that had their lives cut tragically short and also to help remaining families remember these men.
The construction the Last Trip Feature is from raw steel allowing to rust on the main 6 panels and the jointing strips are in stainless steel of chrome together with the bows of the ships. All the wording is lazor cut allowing illumination of all the names to be highlighted with light.
Here at InterTech in Hull, we have worked on ideas for the old St. Andrew’s Dock since 2010:
3D Visual showing how the dock could look if it was restored to its original water-filled condition. The Last Trip Feature could be the starting point for further development after well over 40 years of the docks decline.
We worked with a number of memorial ideas together with visitor attractions which could capitalise on the remaining dock infrastructure. If they were implemented now then they would certainly be in keeping with our City of Culture (2017) status.
3D Visual shows the 'Bullnose' area with the concept of a smaller memorial called 'Arctic Waves'
We had an original memorial concept for the ‘Bullnose’ area, next to the old lock pits. An adjacent visitor centre (with concept styling channelled by the former Whaling industry of Hull) is shown in more detail within the Heritage Dock Concept section of this website.
Plan above shows outlined area of land now available for proposed Last Trip Feature on the St. Andrew's Dock.
The picture below shows the site at St. Andrew's Quay of which the Last Trip feature was originally designed for this location. bUT WAS REJECTED.
We originally designed The Last Trip for consideration on this proposed plot.
When we first heard that the Hull City Council had made some land available further down from the bullnose area, we modified our concept to fit this new location. We made the concept available free of charge should anyone want to adopt the idea.
Basic Proposed Design within the site boundary of land offered by
Hull City Council / Land Stakeholder:
Centre Piece: "The Last Trip"
The Memorial design is based around 90 chrome sections of steel in the shape of the bow of a trawler; each bow incorporates the cutout of an anchor.
In this design the repeated bows are to signify the number of ships and crew lost and create a clear message that many thousands died working in this industry.
Fishing tragedies were regular occurrences, taking between 6,000 to 8,000 lives during the last century from the Port Of Hull
A peaceful space for Remembrance, Commemoration and Contemplation
Our first Design Proposal the trawler silhouette called "ship to shore"
The "Ship to Shore Memorial"
We have worked on various schemes to suit a range of budgets so at least one of the schemes could be achieved whatever funds were available.
A trawler silhouette with members of the crew about to set sail
The main focal point of our new design was the silhouette of a traditional 'sidewinder' trawler about to set sail with some of the crew waving to their families and friends. The trawler profile was to be constructed from raw steel that over time would weather and rust. The rusting would depict the decline of the fishing industry and also gently remind us of the blatant disregard to the safety and welfare of our fishermen.
900 trawlers were lost from the port of hull between 1835 and 1987
St. Andrew's Dock opened in 1883 and named after the Patron Saint of Fishermen, St Andrew. The picture above shows the dock in its former heyday
The current condition of the former St, Andrew's Dock
The trawler silhouette design specifically showed one crew member on his own at the bow of the ship. This was to remind us that these men were treated as casual workers and would often embark on a fishing trip without knowing any of the other crew.
The silhouette is of a full scale sidewinder trawler cut from raw steel sections
Right from the outset, we did not want the memorial to simply be a place to reflect on the loss of loved ones; we also wanted it to be a place of education and interest. For those who had lost their lives at sea, this memorial would become their legacy to live on in the form of an industrial heritage ‘timeline’ giving dates, names, places and events.
Other features included a second area about Hull’s fishing fleet in wartime conflict and the men who lost their lives in those hostile times.
We feel that it is important to give the design a strong name that people can remember. A striking road sign adjacent to the Clive Sullivan Way will catch the footfall from people travelling to and from the ferry port of Hull.
The location of the Heritage Memorial on the former St. Andrew's Dock offers very good access from the A63 and an ideal opportunity to attract visitors. The layout and information panels would encourage people to follow links around the memorial area, signposting our other historical attractions like the Town Docks Museum, The Deep and so on. This surely must be a win-win for the City of Hull.
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