The Maritime Museum on Queen Victoria Square in the centre of Hull is a good place to start. It tells the story of Hull's important links with the ocean and in particular its whaling industry. Whatever you think about the trade of chasing and hunting down gargantuan creatures across the oceans of the world (and I think it was and is a despicable thing to do), there is a romance in the tales of sailors from the tiny city of Hull travelling on small vessels across vast distances of stormy seas to frozen places I can barely imagine. Well, the Maritime Museum is the place to let your imagination wander with them.
Hull doesn't have a fishing industry any more, let alone a whaling industry, but you can see Hull's last surviving sidewinder trawler over in the Museum Quarter, moored desolately on the River Hull, behind the Streetlife Museum.
|The Arctic Corsair, Hull|
She is now a museum ship and not going anywhere, and sits there in an air of melancholy and the miasma from the River Hull at low tide.
|Funnily enough, I have a friend from Hull called Holmes.|
Hello dere Ian, if you are reading this!
And it definitely was low tide as well!
|Tide's Out for the Summer!|
|I wonder where they were going?|
|A 60's BMW Bubble Car!|
Precursor to Daimler Smart Cars no doubt. The Germans always were ahead of the curve in car design.
|A gorgeous dress, but I'd have thought not very practical for travelling in a Hackney Carriage|
If vehicular transportation ain't the way you roll, then there are reconstructions of Victorian shops to tickle your fancy. The old pharmacy in particular took my interest:
|Hmm, liquorice! |
Nearby to the Streetlife Museum is Wilberforce House, birthplace of the famous slave trade abolition campaigner, philanthropist, liberal politician, and all-round good guy, William Wilberforce.
In a garden between the two is a nice little garden named after Nelson Mandela. For some reason, though I am sure it is a worthy one, there is a bust there to Mahatma Gandhi.
|It's always hard to recreate spectacles in cast bronze|
And the only statue around here where the subject is fully dressed. Hmm.
|Of course, there wouldn't have been a slave trade to abolish if people like the rich merchants of Hull hadn't started it in the first place|
|Hull Rock Against Racism poster|
Takes me back!
Or Golden Willy
I visited a few more museums and the Feren's Art Gallery. The latter is great if you are a lover of sentimental Victorian melodramas. I'm not, so I was soon back out again, and making my way back to Hull station.
But before returning to Brid, I had to visit The Land of Green Ginger, just so I could say that I had been there!
|The Land of Green Ginger|
A favourite of pub quizzes