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.
As the Arctic Corsair is a seasonal attraction, the museum will close on 30th October 2016 and re-open 1st April 2017.
Tours of the ship are also available on Easter Monday, May Day bank holiday, spring bank holiday and summer bank holiday.
Please note that opening times are also subject to volunteer availability.
Arctic Corsair, Rear of Streetlife Museum, Hull Culture and Leisure, High Street, Hull, HU1 1PS
Tours of the ship are free, but spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book a place on a tour, please go to the Museums Quarter reception on High Street.
School groups, or any local, regional or national community group of eight or more people, can pre-book a tour of the ship. Pre-booked tours take place on Thursdays only. If you are interested in booking, please telephone 01482 616435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Unfortunately, the Arctic Corsair is not wheelchair accessible, though the deck of the ship can be viewed from the river side.
For information on accessibility please contact us or visit our website.