Because my exhibition is based around hulls fishing heritage, I decided to conduct a piece of research into Hulls fishing industry’s history, to create a greater understanding of the subject I am working with.
I went onto find an artical on a resource called “mylearning” that told the story from start to finish about hulls fishing industry.
Link to website: mylearning
The Story Of Hulls Fishing Industry
Hulls fishing industry began in the 12th century, with monks from ‘Meaux Abbey’, The monks owned and took care of ‘Wyke-Upon-Hull’ (This is what Hull was originally called. In 1160 a special document called a ‘charter’ was granted to the monks of Meaux Abbey by King Henry the II, which allowed them to fish in the Humber estuary, and outside in the open sea.
The Development Of Hull Docks
Jumping forward to 1700 Hull was becoming famous for its fishing industry and not only that but also its whaling industry. Running along High street in Hulls old town lay the Old Harbour which was becoming extremely cramped, and with hull becoming a thriving fishing outlet for the UK the goverment passed an Act for a brand new dock to be built where the ships could load and unload cargoes. The construction of the new dock began on 19 October 1775, this new dock would be the largest in Britain and would become one of the most important attributes to the UK’s fishing industry.
The First Fishing Trawlers In Hull
In the year 1885 the first ‘steam trawler’ named the magenta was launched from hulls docks. After this all of the other fishing vessels that where in use at Hull docks where abandoned, and from the year 1903 steam trawlers became the only vessels used by Hull fishermen.
A fishing trawler gets its name from the tequnice that it uses for catching fish, which is using a giant net that ‘trawls’ the bed of the ocean.
Important Names In Hull’s Fishing Indusrty
Link to resource: Hull Trawler