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Hull's First Fishing Trawlers

St Andrew's Dock - A Home For Hull's Fishing Fleet

St Andrew's Dock became the home of Hull's massive fishing fleet when it was opened in 1883. The dock was named after St Andrew, the patron saint of fishermen. In the Bible Andrew was a disciple of Jesus. He and his brother were both fisherman on the sea of Gallilee.


Hull's St Andrew's Dock was officially opened on 24 September 1883 with a great ceremony, which thousands of people turned up to watch. A procession of boats came through the new dock. The first was the Trinity House Yacht the Duke of Edinburgh. She was dressed with the Hull Docks Company's flag and onboard was the company chairman and teachers and students of Trinity House.


Black and white photograph of St Andrew's Dock, Hull in 1935
St Andrew's Dock, Hull in 1935

After the opening ceremony, 102 special guests went to the Hull Docks Company Office where a a magnificent feast was served. The Hull Docks Company Office is now Hull's Maritime Museum.



Disciple - a follower or someone who believes in something

Magnificent - impressive or beautiful

Patron saint - a historical person who the Christian Church believes to be a special guardian of a a particular group of people

Procession - group of people or vehicles moving forward in a line for a celebration or event