One of the main threads running through A River Full of Stories is that of the Lighterman. The following photographs and details from the HDM river archive focus on the lighters and Lightermen on the River Hull. The first images below show the lighter Tort and crew just North of the new Myton Bridge in the early eighties. Click on an image in the gallery to get the big picture.
One of our favourite photographs below captioned BOCM building 1947 taken from Scott Street Bridge.
Another favourite next titled: The River Hull looking north from North Bridge 29.09.1960. At first it looks like a lighterman and his mate but a closer look reveals the man to the right on the boat in a suit, possibly an inspector, owner?
The Old Harbour from Salthouse Lane Bridge F S Smith 1885 on the left and right the detail of the lighterman and his craft.
Finally ‘looking towards North Bridge from Drypool Bridge 6th June 1957’ where the zoom and alternate process reveals the men at work and waiting for the tide in greater 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 including both the films made for Open Bridges and A River Full of Stories will be on the road next year. We’ll keep you posted about forthcoming exhibitions in 2020.
Rich and Lou