River Hull Archive #24

This series of posts will complete our record of River Hull archive photographs from the Hull Daily Mail which we repaired and restored. They are published with many thanks to Angus Young, and used with permission. They’ve all been published previously on here and some included in the River Full of Stories book. Whilst we were restoring some of the images for publication we had to zoom in to small areas of the photographs to repair them. One of the earliest images – from the 1890s – was in need of a lot of work because we wanted to include it in the book as it depicted steam tugs in the Old Harbour taken from Salthouse Lane Bridge. During the restoration we noticed that the pilot could clearly be seen with his arm over the ship’s wheel and a further two crew members duly appeared on the vessel and the picture suddenly had life. So we decided to investigate other photographs and share what we found as some people seem clearly identifiable even though some are quite blurred at this resolution. Here’s the first one of the tugs from the 1890s, full image first, detail second.

Three man tug crew Old Harbour 1890s

The next images are from the last post we did from the 1990s. The crew of the Brocodale H calling over to the crew on the Carrick Kestrel.

The next image is dated 1965 and captioned – ‘view from a barge’.

The following images are both taken at Hempholme when the river breached it’s banks  during 1960 and 1964 with barges and crews employed to aid the repairs.

The last in this post is taken when the pontoon bridge at Weel washed away in a high tide and was crossed by the re-introduction of an impromptu ferry. A change of process in the close-up reveals more detail.

A River Full of Stories

A River Full of Stories is getting a great response from the libraries. The book has been a labour of love to produce so we are delighted to find out how popular it is. There is still a chance to see the exhibition and films at Hull Maritime Museum this year, and we have news of future exhibitions coming up in the new year. Keep an eye on the website for details. And in the meantime, the book is available to borrow from Hull Libraries, East Riding Libraries, Museums & Archives, Hull History Centre, The Leeds Library, The British Library and to order from all UK libraries

Open Bridges: River Full of Stories Exhibition and Films

The free exhibition showcasing both the films made for Open Bridges and A River Full of Stories are on display at Hull Maritime Museum until the end of 2019. We’ll keep you posted about forthcoming exhibitions in 2020.

Rich and Lou


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