Historic Clock at Maritime Museum Restored to Working Order

in Hull

The iconic clock adorning the south-facing tower of Hull’s Maritime Museum has been resurrected to its former glory. Dating back to 1871, this historic timepiece has been a steadfast presence for 150 years, overseeing the ebb and flow of maritime activities in the region.

Restoration Efforts

Recently, the clock underwent extensive cleaning and received a modern upgrade in the form of a new automatic winding system. This innovative addition eliminates the need for manual winding, a task that has been diligently performed every seven days for over a century and a half.

The installation of the automated mechanism not only ensures the clock’s functionality but also preserves its historical integrity, leaving the original workings untouched.

Technical Details

Crafted by Cooke & Son in Hull and reconstructed by G.F. Newey in York in 1918, the clock has a rich heritage deeply rooted in the city’s maritime narrative. Kevin Ireland, a seasoned clock technician, spearheaded the preparations for commissioning, ensuring the seamless integration of the new winding system.

Community Impact

Gillian Osgerby, Hull City Council’s Programme Director for Hull Maritime, expressed her delight at witnessing the clock’s revival, attributing its restoration to the support of National Lottery players. As a cherished landmark, the clock symbolizes resilience and continuity, serving as a beacon for both residents and visitors alike.

Project Overview

The refurbishment of the clock aligns with the broader scope of the Hull Maritime project, a collaborative endeavor funded by Hull City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

This ambitious initiative aims to revitalize key maritime assets, including the Grade II* Hull Maritime Museum, Dock Office Chambers, and historic vessels such as the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship.

Future Prospects

Upon completion, the Hull Maritime project is poised to invigorate the local economy, attract a diverse array of visitors, and provide valuable learning and volunteering opportunities.

Through its emphasis on heritage preservation and community engagement, the project embodies a commitment to celebrating Hull’s maritime legacy while paving the way for a vibrant future.

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