In 1960, local shipbuilders Cook, Welton and Gemmell built the Arctic Corsair at Beverley Shipyard for the Boyd Line. Measuring 57 metres in length, the Arctic Corsair enjoyed a long and successful career despite the decline of the local fishing industry. In 1973, the Corsair broke the world record for landing of cod and haddock from the White Sea near Russia. A veteran of the Cod Wars, an Icelandic gun boat rammed the Corsair in the 1970s. After a lay up of seven years, she finally achieved a record breaking return to fishing in 1986, before being finally laid up in the winter of 1987.
The Arctic Corsair is registered as number 628 on the National Historic Ships Register.
Come aboard Hull’s last surviving sidewinder trawler, and let the crew take you on a guided tour. You’ll hear all about life at sea and the dangers deep sea trawler men faced in the Icelandic fishing grounds.
See the mighty Mirlees Monarch diesel engines used to power the ship through Arctic seas. The crew and skippers accommodation is unchanged since the ship was built and includes washrooms, berths and eating facilities. Visitors can stand in the wheelhouse and see 1960s state of the art technology used to navigate the vessel and hunt for fish.