SMS Towage Englishman

Open Bridges: For the first time in Hull’s history the city will be split in two when all Hull’s 13 bridges will be simultaneously raised or barriered, momentarily denying the freedom of movement east or west across the River Hull. On September 22nd Open Bridges will signify the vital role bridges play in our everyday lives with a river journey, the mustering of historic vessels and a new musique concrète commission by BAFTA winning Hull based composer John Stead.

Vessels representing four centuries will take part in Open Bridges; 21st Century Tugs, 20th Century Motor Barge, 19th Century Humber Keel and 18th Century Schooner.

We are delighted to partner with SMS Towage. We spent a great afternoon on the Englishman at Hull’s King George Dock, a fascinating experience, learning about the importance of these incredible tugs on the Humber. Many thanks to Paul Escreet and the team at SMS Towage.

Rich took this gallery of photographs, click on an image to see the full picture…

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Open Bridges

Open Bridges is an independent Hull based project by Duffy-Howard Music taking place during the Hull City of Culture Freedom Season. It is supported by Arts Council England and Hull City Arts Fund with partnership support from Hull City Council Streetscene and project partners Malcolm Scott, John Stead, Streetscene’s Andy Burton, Pete Curry, Graham Lownsborough and Bridge Operations staff, Helen Thackeray: Hull Events, John Medland, Phil Withers, Mal Nicholson and Historic Motor and Sail, Paul Escreet: SMS Towage, Simon Lee: Svitzer (Maersk), The Humber Keel and Sloop Preservation Society, The Beverley Barge Preservation Society, Freedom Festival’s Jenny Coombes, Hugh Jones of HPSS , C4Di, creative writers Christina Lewis and Russ Litten, photographers Piotr Korczynski and Graeme Oxby, Humber Film Creative Community and Octovision Media.