Discover the story of Beverley shipbuilding at the home of fishing heritage in Grimsby

Wed, 15 Aug 2018

Not everyone may be aware, but Beverley was once one of the main centres of shipbuilding for the fishing industry. Between 1901 and 1963, the shipbuilders Cook, Welton & Gemmell built over 1300 vessels, mostly fishing trawlers, at its shipyard in Grovehill, Beverley.

Anybody visiting the site of the old shipyard today would discover that it is now part of an industrial estate and almost all traces of this once bustling hive of industry have disappeared.

But with East Riding Archives service’s ‘Trawling Through Time’ project sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the fascinating story of Cook, Welton & Gemmell is being given a new lease of life.

As part of the project’s ongoing outreach programme, renowned maritime history expert Robb Robinson will be delivering a talk at the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre on Saturday 25th August, at 1pm, giving an opportunity to learn about some of the historic ships that were built at this almost forgotten local shipyard.

Archivist and project coordinator, Sam Bartle said: “We’re delighted that the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre is hosting our talk on 25th August. Cook, Welton & Gemmell were responsible for building so many important vessels, each with their own hidden back story, and it’s going to be fascinating to hear Robb Robinson talk about it.”

Admission to the talk is free, and National Lottery players will have a chance on the day to gain their own exclusive reward for helping fund the project, by receiving a limited edition ‘Trawling Through Time’ mug.

To qualify for a mug, present ‘proof of play’ i.e. a valid, spent National Lottery ticket, and there is only one mug per player.

To book a seat at the talk, contact the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre on (01472) 323345 fhc@nelinc.gov.uk

Find out more about the project at www.trawlingthroughtime.org