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Arctic Corsair

Arctic Corsair


Access to the Arctic Corsair is by a free guided tour only. The Arctic Corsair is berthed on the River Hull between Drypool Bridge and Myton Bridge, at the rear of the Streetlife Museum.

The Arctic Corsair was built in 1960 at Beverley Shipyard for the Boyd Line, and was the last of the Hull side fishing vessels or 'side winders'. She had a long and successful career despite the decline of the local fishing industry after 1975. A veteran of the Cod Wars, the Arctic Corsair was rammed by an Icelandic gun boat in the 1970s. After a lay-up of seven years she achieved a record breaking return to fishing in 1986 before being finally laid up in the winter of 1987. The vessel opened to the public in 1999 and has since attracted in excess of 20,000 visitors.

Before each tour starts, a short 10 minute action film of Life at Sea is shown in the Fishing Heritage Museum. Starting at the stern of the vessel, the tour takes you through the crew accommodation area, into the mess and galley, to the bridge and wheelhouse before going down to the foredeck, into the fishing storage room and finishing back on the foredeck.

Access to areas on the Arctic Corsair is by several very steep stairways, narrow companionways and through watertight doors with eighteen inch raised thresholds. Unfortunately, because of these restrictions, the vessel is not suitable for wheelchair users, those with mobility problems, unaccompanied children under sixteen or children under six.

Picnic site

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for individualsGuided tours mandatorySmoking not allowed

Opening details

Closed for refurbishment


Free entry

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River Hull,
Museum Quarter,



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Map reference: TA 102287  Lat: 53.74360 Long: -0.32943

Entry to the ship is via the Museums Quarter reception on High Street, where bookings can be made. Tours begin approximately on the hour and will last between one and one and a half hours. Visitors do not need to book to view the Fishing Heritage Museum (next to the Hull and East Riding Museum) which has an Arctic Corsair exhibition.

The nearest car park is the King William multi-storey car park on Lowgate.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Hull station


  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours mandatoryGuided tours mandatory
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed