Vital renovation works to the deck of Grimsby’s historic trawler Ross Tiger are now complete.
The Equans managed scheme, which started in September, has included removing the rotten timber deck to reveal the steel deck below which was then inspected, grit blasted and painted. Some of the timber was able to be removed for conservation and will return to the National Fishing Heritage Centre’s collection.
The visual and ultrasound inspections revealed the steelwork to be in much better condition than it could have been, with only minor repairs required. This is a striking testament to the quality of the original build’s craftmanship which has stood the test of time for over 65 years.
Throughout the course of the restoration project, specialist contractors have been appointed to undertake aspects of the works. On behalf of the partnership, many thanks are extended to Beckett Rankine Marine Consulting Engineers, Coopers Painting Contractors Grimsby, R & N Services, Bacon Engineering Ltd, York Archaeology and Hurst Conservation.
Project lead, Richard Ashley said “The Ross Tiger is a local legend; part of the fabric of Grimsby. Having the opportunity to work on such an important cultural landmark is something I’m personally very proud of. It has been wonderful to see the transformation taking place, and improvements coming to fruition that will last the Tiger many decades into the future.”
To allow the ship to reopen and public access to be possible, a walkway will now need to be installed to allow public tours to resume. It is hoped this can be done as soon as possible to allow members of the public to experience the Ross Tiger in all its magnificence.
Updates continue to be provided on Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre’s social media as well as at www.fishingheritage.com/ross-tiger-vital-deck-works- external site