Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The Arctic Corsair

The Arctic Corsair launched on 29th February 1960. Photo: Innes Photography.

On 29 February 1960, the trawler was launched ready to be fitted out to begin her long fishing career. Built in Beverley for the Boyd Line, the Arctic Corsair had a career that included a world-record catch and a collision on the Cod Wars.

Built in 1960, she symbolises the very peak of Hull’s fishing industry before it collapsed in the 1970s and 80s amidst the ‘perfect storm’ of restrictions following the Cod Wars, rising oil prices making distant water fishing unviable, falling fish stocks, and membership to the European Common Market further restricting access to waters. The Arctic Corsair (H320) is a deep-sea trawler, built in 1960, that was converted to a museum ship in 1999. She is temporarily berthed at Alexandra Dock in Kingston upon Hull, England, pending completion of a new permanent location in the city's Museums Quarter. Exhibits and guides aboard the boat tell the story of Hull's deep-sea fishing industry. The Arctic Corsair is Hull’s last surviving sidewinder trawler, a type of ship that formed the backbone of the city’s deep sea fishing fleet. She was built in 1960, at Cook, Welton & Gemmell in Beverley, and was the second diesel-engined trawler built for the Boyd Line, the first being the Arctic Cavalier which was launched the previous month. She was designed for the harsh conditions encountered in the Icelandic grounds, having a rivetted rather than welded hull. 

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