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

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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

Shots from the Night Sky

Open Bridges: For the first time in the city’s history all 13 of Hull’s bridges raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city in two at 20:17 hours on the autumnal equinox 2017 during Hull City of Culture’s Freedom Season. These stunning stills from Octovision Media's drone footage show the  powerful tugs with search lights … Continue reading Shots from the Night Sky

SMS Towage Scotsman

Thanks to Paul Escreet, Graham Hackney, Vince and Tim of SMS Towage for an eye-opening tour of Alexandra dry dock and a visit to The Scotsman undergoing her 5 yearly scheduled 'MOT'. SMS Towage Scotsman photographs  by Richard Duffy-Howard When we saw the tugs and the brand new SMS Superman at Open Bridges waiting in … Continue reading SMS Towage Scotsman

Open Bridges Adventures

Open Bridges Hull: "A truly memorable evening when we all worked together to overcome the odds and produce something spectacular. Thanks to all that made this possible and to our VIP guests"  HMS Pickle Captain Mal Nicholson There were so many adventures during Open Bridges, and everyone who was part of it had a different … Continue reading Open Bridges Adventures

Illustrations by Brett Hambling

It was great to see Brett at Open Bridges. We bumped into each other again at Douglas Dunn's poetry reading at Hull Central Library this week and he gave us a bookful of the illustrations he drew while he was at Open Bridges. If you were there, you may have seen Brett constantly sketching what … Continue reading Illustrations by Brett Hambling

Open Bridges from HMS Pickle

All 13 bridges over the River Hull closed simultaneously for the first and only time in the city’s history – at 20:17 on the autumnal equinox 2017. Stories, observations, reflections, sketches and  film and photographs have been flowing in. Adventures from different perspectives. The Open Bridges exhibition will showcase these to enable everyone to see … Continue reading Open Bridges from HMS Pickle

Open Bridges Copyright Richard Duffy-Howard

Tapestry of Threads

Hull – Friday 22nd September 2017 #OpenBridgesHull Open Bridges is a whole tapestry of threads. It's a celebration of the lifeblood of the city, the River Hull and its 13 movable bridges, more than any other city. Beautiful historic vessels representing three centuries are met by powerful 21st century tugs. It’s an exploration of the … Continue reading Tapestry of Threads

Vessels Representing Four Centuries

Open Bridges is a whole tapestry of threads. It's a celebration of Hull’s lifeblood, the River Hull, 13 movable bridges, the vessels that use the river and the heritage & culture that have grown up in both East and West Hull. Open Bridges marks the vital role bridges play in our everyday lives with a … Continue reading Vessels Representing Four Centuries

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 … Continue reading SMS Towage Englishman