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6. Hull Maritime Museum

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Hull Maritime Museum

Founded in 1912 Hull Maritime Museum is a highly decorated piece of Victorian architecture. 

Hull dominated the Arctic whaling trade in the early nineteenth century and there is an outstanding collection of whaling artifacts. This includes skeletons of the whales themselves, the tools and weapons, as well as personalia, journals and logbooks.

There are fine contemporary paintings of ships by outstanding local marine artists such as John Ward and Henry Redmore, and the largest collection of scrimshaw (the folk art of the whaler) on this side of the Atlantic.

The museum also tells the story of the city’s involvement in fishing, initially in the North Sea and then out to Norway, Iceland and Greenland, with models ranging from small cobles and smacks to the huge modern stern trawlers.

From the Middle Ages the core of Hull’s trade was with the Baltic and Scandinavia. The Wilson Line, founded in 1831, began trading by importing iron ore from Sweden but by 1903 was the biggest privately-owned shipping company in the world.

The transition from sail to steam is exemplified by models and decorative arts (glass, pottery and silver).
Hull Maritime Museum Address:
Hull Maritime Museum
Queen Victoria Square
England, UK

Hull Maritime Museum Opening Times:
Monday – Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Last admission 15 minutes prior to closing

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