13 Sunken Vessels

In a project run by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, a contractor has completed work to remove the sunken vessels from the River Hull.

A total of 13 vessels were raised from the bottom of the river, in a project that is hoped to help reduce the risk of flooding.

The project was part of the River Hull Integrated Catchment Strategy (RHICS), adopted by the River Hull Board in 2015.

A Sinking Feeling

Sunken vessel removal from the River Hull
Sunken vessel removal from the River Hull (© East Riding of Yorkshire Council)

Sir Greg Knight, MP and chair of the River Hull Board, said:

Completion of this part of the River Hull Integrated Catchment Strategy is welcome news and will help ease the flow of water thanks to the removal of these obstructions.

In its entirety, RHICS aims to reduce the risk of flooding to our local communities. This is a priority of mine, as a Member of Parliament for the area, and for all of the partners involved in the River Hull Board.

Councillor Symon Fraser, the cabinet portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:

We would like to thank our contractors for going above and beyond on this project. Not only did they manage to remove the 10 sunken vessels that had been identified, they also removed a further three previously unknown wrecks.

This has been a complex operation, logistically, and has been well-managed and executed by all of those involved.

What’s Next?

As well as the removal of the sunken vessels, the River Hull Integrated Catchment Strategy has proposed a range of actions aimed at:

  • Making more room in the River Hull by looking for opportunities to use the tidal surge barrier in different ways to exclude tides during prolonged rainfall.
  • Undertake work at pumping stations at Bransholme, Wilfholme and Hempholme
  • Reduce risk from the Holderness Drain through storing flood water and making changes to pumping arrangements
  • Encourage landowners on higher ground to retain surface water on their land through a variety of land management techniques so that it takes longer for rain water to reach the river
  • Raise banks at low spots on sections of the Beverley and Barmston Drain as well as some of its tributaries.