A major new memorial to Hull's lost trawlermen is being unveiled later this month. It is 40 years since what remained of Hull's fishing industry left St Andrew's Dock. The move to Albert Dock left what was once home to the world's largest deep-water trawling fleet looking empty and desolate.
Four decades on, and not much has changed at the eastern end of the old dock. The derelict ruins of the Lord Line building, the old Sea Fish Industry Authority building and the disused hydraulic tower and pump house tell their own sorry story.
The dock itself is silted up and overgrown. Over the years, redevelopment plans for the area have come and gone, but now a new push to finally commemorate the city's fishing heritage at the site is under way.
Over the past few weeks, a new memorial to the estimated 6,000 trawlermen who left the dock never to return home has been taking shape. The Last Trip is the brainchild of Hull commercial design company boss Andrew Fenton, who is the son of a trawlerman.
He is working with businessman John Levison, who owns most of the derelict land at the dock. Together, they are planning a long-term facelift for the old dock with The Last Trip – earmarked for a site near Mr Chu's China Palace restaurant – as their first project.
Mr Fenton said: "Redeveloping the whole of the dock is obviously going to take a number of years, but the idea behind The Last Trip was to deliver something people have been waiting for so many years in a relatively short period.
"Thanks to the help of a number of companies and organisations, including the city council, we are able to announce it will be unveiled later this month."
The unveiling ceremony will take place at Mr Fenton's company InterTech in Saltmarsh Court, Henry Boot Way, west Hull, on Sunday, December 20, at 4pm.
1st event the Last Trip unveiling at InterTech's site 4pm Sunday the 20th December.
He said: "We will be applying for planning permission to site the memorial on the dock early in the new year but, for the time being, it will be on display at our offices.
"The unveiling event will last about an hour before the start of a second event at Mr Chu's, where various films and an exhibition will be on display.
2nd Event Mr Chu's St. Andrew's Quay 5.30pm buffet & exhibition followed by Christmas Party 8pm
"After that, there will be a Christmas party. "It's going to be a celebration of the completion of The Last Trip, together with a party for the lost trawlermen. "They might not be there in person but they will be there in spirit. "It's going to be one-off event, giving everyone with a connection to the fishing industry to come together, put all their differences to one side and start to move forward as a collective community."
The memorial has been made by steel fabricators W Campbell and Son in Harpings Road, west Hull. Mr Fenton said: "I am very grateful for the support we have received from so many people, organisations and companies since we unveiled our ideas for the dock earlier this year.
"I would particularly like to pay tribute to the fantastic job the team at Campbells has done in turning the design into reality." The cylindrical sculpture features the title of every job onboard a fishing trawler cut into the steelwork, allowing them to be illuminated at night. Contractors Core Electrical Services Ltd, of Haworth Street, north Hull, and suppliers AA Jones Electric, of Witty Street, have worked on the lighting effects for the memorial.
The raw steel used on the feature's six main panels will rust over time and they will be held in place by a number of stainless steel strips. Each will feature family titles, such as husband, brother, cousin, cut into the steel. It will also include about 90 chrome sections of steel resembling the bow of a trawler. Each bow incorporates a laser-cut anchor.
Mr Fenton said: "The idea of the repeated bows is to signify the number of ships and crew lost and create a clear message that many thousands died working in this industry."
The bows are currently being offered for sale to raise funds to help cover the costs of the memorial in a fundraising campaign being led by the Bullnose Fishing Heritage Group. They will eventually be able to be used for floral tributes.
In addition, the whole memorial will be held together by 240 individually numbered bolts, which can also be bought as part of a sponsorship package. Funds raised from the bolts will go towards the cost of preparing a garden area on the dock where the memorial will eventually stand.
Mr Fenton said: "Everything in The Last Trip is being made by companies in Hull, which has been another important part of the project. We wanted to keep everything local because Hull still has a strong manufacturing sector.
"Hull was once home to the world's largest deep-sea fishing fleet, so it needs a fitting heritage memorial that recognises the large number of fishermen who had their lives cut tragically short and also to help remaining families remember these brave men."