Famous Humber ferry gone but not forgotten at museum

A FERRY which once provided the only passenger link between the north and south banks of the Humber is being remembered in a new exhibition opening tomorrow.

The Lincoln Castle, which plied its trade between Hull and New Holland before the Humber Bridge was built, was scrapped last year but some of its fixtures, fittings and other artefacts are going on show at Hull’s Maritime Museum. Visitors can also see photographs of the ferry in its heyday, and learn more about the campaign that was launched to save it.

Having failed to save the ship enthusiasts plan to rebuild the Lincoln Castle whichwas the last coal-fired paddle steamer in regular service in the UK and was later turned into a pub and restaurant.

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Stephen Sharpe, chairman of the Lincoln Castle Preservation Society, which organised the display, said: “The exhibition gives us a chance to display important parts from the Lincoln Castle which we’ll be using to rebuild the ship in what could be the biggest restoration project of its type.

“We’ll also be hoping to build on the fantastic level of support shown by the people of the region and attract new members to our society.”

The exhibition, in the museum’s community display space, runs until Sunday, July 3.