Floating museum to get ‘hull’ of a new home


Spencer Group has started work to create a new permanent berth for an iconic ship in Hull. 

Hull-based Spencer Group is creating a new wet berth for the Spurn Lightship vessel in its home city.

The engineering company, also in Hull, is building a wet berth for the Spurn Lightship on Hull Marina, as part of a £30 million regeneration project led by the City Council. 

The lightship was built in 1927 and served for 48 years as a navigation aid in the approaches of the Humber Estuary.  

It was decommissioned in 1975 before being bought by the council and moved to the marina as a museum, which later closed in 2018.  

But it is now set to reopen in the north-west corner of the marina later in the summer. 

The process 

The works will include dredging of the berthing area and the installation of five mooring piles and a steel walkway to allow access onto the lightship once it has been moved into place. 

Most of the works by Spencer Group will be carried out from floating pontoons. 

National Highways, which is carrying out major improvements to the A63 Castle Street route in and out of Hull, has awarded the council more than £1 million for the delivery of the new berth.  

“We’re really excited to have started work on this important project in our home city, which will help raise awareness of Hull’s fantastic history,” said Richard Green-Morgan, off-site construction director for Spencer Group. 

“The Spurn Lightship is a truly iconic vessel and an important part of the city’s maritime heritage, so we’re incredibly proud to be playing our part in making it accessible to the public when it’s in its new permanent home. 

“We’re on track to complete the project in time for the lightship to be moved from its current temporary location on the marina to the new berth later in the summer.” 

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