A scale model of a Hull tug which won battle honours during the Falklands War has been given a new birth on the city’s Victoria Pier waterfront .
The 5ft model of The Salvageman will sit outside Riverside House, which was for decades the home of United Towing, once the biggest maritime towing company in the world,
The building is owned today by Myton Law, which specialises in the shipping business and whose directors sponsored the move.
The Salvageman was, when delivered in 1980, Britain’s most powerful tug, with four engines and satellite communications equipment which enabled her to work worldwide.
She was requisitioned in 1982 by the Department of Trade, and spent the next two years in and around the Falkland Islands, where she became the longest serving merchant ship.
The United Towing Company folded in the 1990s, and in May this year a blue plaque commemorating its links to Hull was mounted on the wall of Riverside House.
Mike Hussey, chairman of the community group United Towing and Salvage Society, said the model was “a fascinating physical reminder of Hull’s great maritime heritage”.