The Working River 2019

Here's a selection of photographs taken of the working river this year. Click on an image to see the full picture and caption and scroll through. The Open Bridges: A River Full of Stories exhibition is open at Hull Maritime Museum until the end of the year. The films will be on continuous loop throughout the … Continue reading The Working River 2019

Journey Down the River Hull in 1994

Thanks to John Drury for contributing the River Hull working river films, filmed in 1994 by M&M Maritime Video. Part 1: Part 2: Part 3: Part 4: The Open Bridges: A River Full of Stories exhibition is opening at Hull Maritime Museum on Saturday 6th July 2019 until the end of the year. The films will … Continue reading Journey Down the River Hull in 1994

The Arctic Corsair leaves the Old Harbour

On Sunday 4th August at about 10.00 a.m. the H320 Arctic Corsair left it's berth of 20 years in the Old Harbour moving to a temporary berth at Alexandra Dock to be refurbished before re-locating to a dry dock berth at the former lock pit entrance to Queen's Dock, back in the Old Harbour. John … Continue reading The Arctic Corsair leaves the Old Harbour

The Pickle on a Voyage

We went to wish the HMS Pickle bon voyage as she headed out of Hull Marina at the end of June to embark on a journey heading southeast for Harwich, Dover and Eastbourne. Tomorrow the Pickle leaves for Cowes and heading to Portsmouth with HMS Warrior for Wednesday 17th July. The gallery of photographs below … Continue reading The Pickle on a Voyage

Comrade down the Hull

Saturday 20th April 2019 It was a beautiful day when the Humber keel Comrade sailed down the River Hull to spend the summer in the Marina. We had a great time talking to Bill Midgley in the Comrade at Beverley before the trip. Our friend the photographer Syd Young was cycling from Stoneferry to Scott … Continue reading Comrade down the Hull

Humber Keel Comrade and Amy Howson Sail to Hull

See the Humber keel Comrade and sloop Amy Howson sail from Beverley to Hull on Saturday April 20th 2019 The Comrade and sloop Amy Howson will be sailing together from their winter moorings at Crane Hill Wharf on Beverley Beck down the River Hull to their summer berths in Hull Marina. It will be a … Continue reading Humber Keel Comrade and Amy Howson Sail to Hull

Happy Birthday Syntan

Happy 70th Birthday to the motor barge Syntan! Beautifully restored by the Beverley Barge Preservation Society and moored at Beverley Beck, the Syntan is having a weekend of celebrations to mark 70 years since she was built - in 1949 by Hepworth's Shipyard in Paull - for Richard Hodgson Tanners in Beverley. We had a … Continue reading Happy Birthday Syntan

Open Bridges: photographs from the MV Syntan September 2017

As we made preparations for Open Bridges we were invited on the Syntan as it travelled from Beverley down the River Hull, to Hull Marina for the Folk and Maritime Festival. The journey  was to collect stills, film footage and bridge and vessel timings for Open Bridges. We documented the journey in five stages. The … Continue reading Open Bridges: photographs from the MV Syntan September 2017

Hull Fast Film

Hull Fast Film made in 1992 by Andy Hazell with soundtrack by Hallam Lewis... Iconic images and sounds of Hull, the River, barges, pilots, docks, ships and shops, fish and chips, streets, houses, Hull Fair, have a look and explore this fascinating art film, now social history of Hull. Originally a twin screen film projected … Continue reading Hull Fast Film

Life on Board the Tugs

We were fascinated by the sheer power of the tugs on the Humber when we were lucky enough to be shown round SMS Towage Limited - both inside the vessels and in the dry dock - in the preparations for Open Bridges in 2017. SMS Superman was one of the tugs which attended the event, … Continue reading Life on Board the Tugs

The Story of Warren’s Shipyard

One cold rainy day in October, we spent a cosy session on Hull Marina, inside the 62′ Super Sloop Spider T listening to  stories for Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories.  Owner and Captain Mal Nicholson welcomed us on board, a perfect place to share stories of the River Hull's past. Thanks to Phil … Continue reading The Story of Warren’s Shipyard

Open Bridges: Wilmington

As part of Open Bridges we recorded the working movements of many of the bridges. There were many images that we didn't use then as part of the project, but would like to share now. These photographs were taken when we visited Wilmington bridge on 19th June last year and show the working mechanism of … Continue reading Open Bridges: Wilmington

Barge trip down the Hull

"It's like riding a bike, you never forget" Friday 19th October, a glorious autumn day, perfect for a trip down the River Hull on the MV Syntan with a terrific group of people who have shared enchanting memories of life working and living on the River Hull  for Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories. … Continue reading Barge trip down the Hull

Remarkable Collection of River Hull Photographs

Last week we were delighted to collect an amazing big file of historical photographs of the River Hull for Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories.  Thanks to Angus Young of the Hull Daily Mail who has contributed the Mail's archive of River Hull photos to the project. The pictures range from the turn of … Continue reading Remarkable Collection of River Hull Photographs

Open Bridges Radio Transcript

Open Bridges objectives were to celebrate the River Hull and explore the meaning of freedom by splitting the city in two, momentarily denying the freedom of movement east and west across the city, by raising and closing all 13 bridges over the River Hull simultaneously for the first and only time in the city’s history. … Continue reading Open Bridges Radio Transcript

Open Bridges First Anniversary

Stop Press: Open Bridges made history when for the first, and only time, all 13 of the bridges over the River Hull raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city of Hull in two at 20:17 hours on the autumn equinox, 22nd September 2017. Open Bridges Hull: “A truly memorable evening when we all worked together … Continue reading Open Bridges First Anniversary

Reminiscing on the Syntan

‘Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories’, gathering stories to preserve the heritage of the River Hull, its bridges and the people and vessels which have used it over the years. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, we will produce a film, exhibition, website and a book which will be given to each library … Continue reading Reminiscing on the Syntan

Open Bridges Anniversary Event

Open Bridges Anniversary and launch of A River Full Of Stories Saturday 22nd September at Kardomah94, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AN. Doors 7.30 pm, free entry. Come and join us celebrating the first anniversary of Open Bridges Anniversary & the launch of the new project Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories. There will … Continue reading Open Bridges Anniversary Event

Open Bridges Film at Hull Folk Festival

You can see the award winning Open Bridges film on board the Motor Barge Syntan during Hull Folk and Maritime Festival, on 28th and 29th July 2018. The historic and beautifully restored Syntan will be moored in Hull Marina for the festival. There is folk music galore all weekend at the festival, head along to … Continue reading Open Bridges Film at Hull Folk Festival