|Owner:||Boyd Line Hull|
|Port of registry:||Hull|
|Builder:||Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley|
|Launched:||29 February 1960|
|Out of service:||1993|
|Renamed:||Arctic Cavalier (15 January 1988), back to Arctic Corsair (18 June 1993)|
|Class and type:||Diesel side-fishing trawler|
|Tonnage:||256 long tons (260 t) nett, 764 long tons (776 t) gross|
|Length:||187.1 ft (57.0 m)|
|Beam:||33.6 ft (10.2 m)|
|Installed power:||1,800 bhp (1,300 kW)|
|Propulsion:||6-cylinder Mirrlees Monarch diesel engine|
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h)|
The Arctic Corsair (H320) is a deep-sea trawler that was converted to a museum ship in 1999. It is berthed between Drypool Bridge and Myton Bridge in the River Hull in Kingston upon Hull, England, and is part of 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.
In September 1967 she was holed on her starboard side in a collision off the coast of Scotland with the Irish collier Olive in thick fog. Attempting to reach harbour in Wick she was beached in Sinclair Bay but eventually repaired and refloated.
On 30 April 1976 during the cod wars, she rammed the offshore patrol vessel ICGV Óðinn in the stern, after Óðinn had made three attempts to cut the Corsair's trawl warps. The skipper, Charles Pitts, said that Icelandic seamen were becoming "more ambitious and dangerous in their tactics". With his ship holed below the waterline, and patched up temporarily by the Royal Navy, Pitts decided to head for home for permanent repairs. Arctic Corsair was out of action for several months.
In 1978 she was converted for midwater trawling, and in 1981 laid up at Hull. In 1985 she was taken out of retirement and reconverted for normal fishing. She was renamed Arctic Cavalier in 1988.
In 1991, a campaign led by Adam Fowler of STAND secured £45,000 from the DTI Hull Task Force which enabled Hull City Council to purchase the trawler in 1993. The vessel was immediately renamed Arctic Corsair again, and moored in the River Hull for use as a museum ship.
After being restored by trainees and volunteers from the fishing heritage group STAND, the floating museum opened to the public in 1999. STAND entered into partnership with the City Council to provide volunteers to maintain and act as tour guides. Today, the floating museum is run entirely by volunteers but supported by Hull City Council. Vessel is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays (and Bank Holiday Mondays) from Easter until end of October. Guided tours are free.
In June 2018 to was announced that she was to move to dry-dock in September 2018 while flood defence work is undertaken on the River Hull. This was delayed while other flood defence work was undertaken but on 4 August 2019 was she moved to a temporary berth at Alexandra Dock.
Many people worked on the ship during her long career. Her usual crew numbered 24. Skippers include:
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