A memorial commemorating Hull's fishing heritage could find a new home in Hull city centre.The Last Trip is the brainchild of Hull-based commercial design company boss Andrew Fenton, who is the son of a trawlerman. The memorial is currently tucked away at Mr Fenton's firm Intertech in Priory Park business park and is only open to the public on Friday evenings.
The aim had been to place it on the former St Andrew's Dock but the flood defence work being carried out by the Environment Agency has delayed those plans significantly.
But plans are afoot to place the Last Trip in Zebedee's Yard at the old Trinity House school, off Princes Dock Street. Mr Fenton said: "We are still in discussions with Trinity House but we hope Zebedee's Yard will become a semi-permanent home for the Last Trip.
"We are at the early stages but it would be an honour to have the memorial on this site, which would be next to the chapel. We haven't had an answer yet from the Environment Agency on when the flood alleviation work will be finished by. It could be years."
"The opportunity to place the memorial within Trinity House Grounds would be an ideal solution."
As well as a new site, work is taking place to improve the memorial.Mr Fenton said: "This includes a facia panel to the top of the memorial incorporating the history of the fish dock. We are planning on having this installed within the next six weeks."Steel fabricators W. Campbell and Son in Harpings Road, west Hull, built the memorial.
The cylindrical sculpture features the title of every job onboard a fishing trawler cut into the steelwork, allowing them to be illuminated at night. Music can also be played through a speaker system.The raw steel used on the feature's six main panels will rust over time and they are held in place by a number of stainless steel strips.
Each strip features family titles, such as husband, brother, cousin, cut into the steel. It also includes around 90 chrome sections of steel resembling the bow of a trawler signifying the number of ships and crew lost.