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Beautiful Star

The above painting was done for me by Reg Moss and depicts the Hull Smack Beautiful Star H512 which was owned and skippered at one time by my Gt Gt Grandfather William Booles Petherbridge

The word smack is used in general to describe the various riggings of the fishing vessels of the mid to late 19th centuary, the early smacks were one masted lug-rigged vessels , they then progressed to been rigged as cutters or sloops and laterly the most favoured was the ketch rigged two masted vessels. The word Smack originating from the sound the sails made as they where taken up by the wind.

 

From the start of 1840 smacks started to arrive in Hull in larger numbers from the southern ports such as those of Brixham, Plymouth and Ramsgate, many of the smacks that had previously gone to Scarborough and North Shields also started to land their catches at Hull. Initially very few of the smackmen settled in Hull, the overall majority for the next 15 years were mainly visitors, comming to Hull for the fishing season, then returning home to their home ports, they often came lock stock and barrell with all their belongings and family aboard the smack, a clause was added to the Bixham Insurance of smacks, allowing for the belongings and family to be insured, whilst moving from port to port. For this reason there was a large array of smacks that fished from Hull but were registered in other ports. Such as those from Brixham and Ramsgate. Below I have placed the names of  vessels that have been found landing at Hull Between 1840 - 1855. Some were Hull registered vessels or were registered later. The Smack MONA believed to be the first to change her port registration to Hull.
SOME OF THE SMACKS LANDING AT HULL BETWEEN 1840 - 1855
AUSPICIOUS
BETHEL
BLESSING
BRITANNIA
CHASE
CHEERING.
CRITERION
DEARING
DEFIANCE
DOVE
EBENEEZER
EDWARD & SOPHIA
ELLEN
ELIZABETH
EMMA
EXPRESS
FLIRT
FORAGER
FORGET ME NOT
FOX
GEM
GIPSY QUEEN
HALIFAX
HENRY & ANN
INDEFATIGABLE
JANE BURROW
JENNY LIND
JOHN & ANN
JOHN & ELIZABETH
JOSEPH & ANN
LYDIA
MARIA
MARIA & ISABELLA
MARY
MONA
NETLEY
NORA
PAULL
PELICAN
PETRAL
PILOT
PINK
PROVIDENCE
RAINBOW
RANGER
RAPID
ROBERT NEWTON
ROSE
ROYAL DIADEM
SARAH & SUSAN
SAUCY JACK
SECRET
SIR COLIN CAMPBELL
SOVEREIGN
SPRING
STORM
TARTAR
TEASER
TEETOTAL
THAMES
TRIUMPH
TRUE BLUE
TRUSTY
TURK
TWO SISTERS
VOLANT
WILLIAM & RICHARD
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One of the last remaining Hull Smacks the THE CITY OF EDINBORO H1394 Built in Hull in 1884 is presently awaiting restoration in Lowestoft by the Excelsior Trust.

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Smacks had arrived permanently in Hull in the early 1840`s many been built in the southern ports like Brixham, Plymouth and Rye. Humber builders from Hull and Burton Stather built many of the preceeding wooden smacks for the Hull fleet. With the development of the Iron smack, the first for Hull been called the CYCLOPES  H1082 launched 01 Aug 1877 , the two firms of CWG and Cochranes would in 1885 build a handfull of the iron smacks each, for Hull owners, predominently the Hellyer family.  Within months the building of the iron smacks by Cochranes and CWG would quickly lose favour to the steam trawler. The Ariel H1473 been built as a iron smack in 1885 was later converted in July 1888 to a Steam Trawler, the Bassanio H1432 would follow with convertion in Aug 1888 and the Magneta H1447 in Oct 1888. By 1888 the start of the sell off of wooden smacks from Hull owners had started the decline of these vessels and within 15 years the last smack of the Hull fishing fleet would sail from Hull.

.COCHRANE, HAMILTON & COOPER

COCHRANE, HAMILTON, COOPER & SCHOFIELD

GROVEHILL

First Fishing Smacks built at Grovehill for the Hellyer Family. . .
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ALPHA H1411
BETA H1418
GROVEHILL H1422
BONITO H1431
ANTONIO H1433.
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COOK WELTON & GEMMELL  - HULL
First Fishing Smacks built at Hull by Cook Welton & Gemmell
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PRECURSOR H1426
BASSANIO H1432
MAGNETA H1447
PLOVER H1466
UNITY H1455
ARIEL H1473
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HULL SMACKS INDEX
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ABEONA H535
ALPHA H1411
ANTONIO H1433
ARIEL H1473 . .
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BASSANIO H1432
BETA H1418
BEAUTIFUL STAR H512
BEN & MARIA H538
BETSEY & SARAH H463
BONITO H1431
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C RICE H1471
CADER IDRIS H1285
CATHERINE H18
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DAISY H1477
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E BIRBECK H1359
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F D MAERSCHALCK H1234
FAIRY H51
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GROVEHILL H1422
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H M STANLEY H1036
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I AM H1184
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JAMES & SARAH H799
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KATE H1288
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LADY ELIZABETH H571
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MAGNETA H1447
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NARCISSUS H12
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OAK H919
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PLOVER H1466
PRECURSOR H1426
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QUEEN OF THE EAST H74
QUEEN OF THE FLEET H483
QUEEN OF THE FLEET H1419
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RISING SUN H481
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SAMUEL & ANN H1476
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UNITY H1455
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