Photo: Hull City Council
An historic trawler berthed in Hull's Museum Quarter has joined the ss Great Britain, HMS Victory and the Royal Yacht Britannia on the list of the nation's most treasured historic vessels.
Arctic Corsair, Hull's last sidewinder trawler, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Vessels after it met the final criteria for inclusion. It was built in Beverley by Cook, Welton and Gemmell 50 years ago.
Set up in 1996 to record the nation's maritime heritage, the National Register supports the long-term preservation of important vessels through advice and grants.
The news represents just reward for a lot of hard work by volunteers.
"Our visitors and volunteers have always known the importance of the Arctic Corsair to Hull's heritage," said volunteer Jim Williams.
"We are proud that she is now recognised as a nationally important ship."
Volunteers at the Arctic Corsair are celebrating the news ahead of opening for the season on March 14. Photo: Hull City Council
Assistant Curator of Maritime History Tom Goulder paid tribute to the "dedication of the Arctic Corsair volunteers" for helping to preserve the ship.
"It is now a nationally recognised attraction where visitors can see for themselves the importance of Hull's fishing industry and the communities that supported it," he added.
The ship joins several locally connected ships on the National Register, including The Spurn Lightship and the Amy Howson.
Details, including the entry for the Arctic Corsair, can be seen at www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk.
After its spring opening on March 14 the trawler will be open for tours every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday until October 2010.
The Arctic Corsair team is looking for more volunteers and will be holding an event on Friday March 5 at 12pm at the Arctic Corsair visitor centre in Hull's Museums Quarter. The Arctic Corsair is behind the Streetlife Museum on the River Hull.