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June 5, 2014

Timber Gallor



In a scene reminiscent of the Ealing Comedy film, Whisky Galore, which was released in 19-49 and was based on the real life sinking of the SS Politician in1941 off the coast of Eriskay,(Outer Hebrides) and the unauthorised removal of the cargo of whisky by the inhabitants of the island, and in which the residents were constantly at odds with The Customs and Excise men employed in trying to deter the ingenuity which the islanders displayed in removing the 50,000 cases,  the riverside village of Paull was soon to be experiencing a similar unexpected windfall with the sinking of the SS Bergsund on May the Twentieth 1949.

Built by Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd and launched in 1948 for Swedish owners, the Bergsund sank in the River Humber off no 10 bouy after a collision with the Hull trawler Lord Hotham when inbound from Stockholm via London for Hull.

With the prevailing westerly winds blowing fairly strongly, part of the deck cargo of timber was soon washed ashore onto the river bank at Paull where it was quickly collected by residents, and was left to dry for a few days, before being put to various uses in and around the homes of the village. In the day’s following the sinking, more and more Spruce and Pine came ashore until the villagers were having trouble to accommodate the windfall of new and unused quality timber. this had been unavailable previously, especially so in the war years with residents having been used to salvaging used and fire damaged scorched timber, frequently after the air raids on the Hull Docks, or picking up used pounder boards which had been used in the storage of fish on board trawlers.

The appearance of small wooden cases washing ashore caused further excitement, when it was realised that they contained Danish bacon and butter, so much so that rowing boats (coggies) launched to intercept them before they reached shore, it was said that it tasted fine after a good wash in fresh water, other crates also washed ashore, clearly marked, American Sweetened Lard, but things took a sudden dramatic turn when HM Customs and Excise officers took an interest in the proceedings, this brought activities to a premature end.

At the time, I was in my fourth year of working for a living, being employed at Hull Distillery Co Ltd as an apprentice Joiner, so I was conversant with the difficulties in obtaining first grade Joinery timber, or any timber for that matter as it was still on licence, we would place a request to the relevant authority knowing full well that we would only receive half of it!. Usually delivered from Horsley Smith and Co of Hedon Road, Hull, it was a common occurrence when cutting timber with a large circular saw to hit remnants of shrapnel or a bullet, bullets were not too dangerous if they happened to be lead, as they didn’t fly through the air when hit.

With members of The Humber Conservancy Board arriving in the village, they were soon very interested in attempting to retrieve some of the timber, Paull and the vicinity took a sudden different appearance, with activities being carried out as though there was about to be a village inspection similarly efficient as a modern day clean up for a Britain in Bloom Competition.

It was rumoured that on careful inspection however, stamped ends of timber still peeped from beneath garden sheds, probably extra ceiling joists had been installed in attics, and loft floors were reinforced, suggestions were rife that some lengths also having been cut to fit the width of potato rows on the allotments, with the tops of Arran Pilots and other varieties of second earlies concealing them.

The allotments were on the site of where St Andrews Close is built now, so the spoils hadn’t needed to have been carried far.

One of the elderly residents, commenting on the quality of the netted enclosures built to protect the soft fruit such as raspberries, cultivated brambles and loganberries, had noticed that they were outstanding that particular year, said *my wod,iv’e nivver seen owt quite like it”. The question whether the authorities had noticed the quality of these masterpieces, and the extensive amount of new build chicken runs in the village, remains unanswered.

What’s the saying, It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good ?

                                                                                                                                   J R Uney,Hedon.


March 17, 2014

Calling all Residents




Calling all residents!

  As our one-year-old village hall goes from strength to strength in terms of popularity and usage,we find that our workload is increasing and we could do with a little extra help from the rest of the community in order to keep the momentum going! If any of you are willing to help with such things as distribution of the newsletter and flyers then your help would be much appreciated.It does not have to be on a regular basis, so no worries about long-term commitment, but just some help on a drop-in basis.
 Thank you 
March 6, 2014


Mike Bryan

Mike Bryan

John Dennis

John Dennis

Paull village Hall

Paull Village Hall

Well done.

We have fame at last!

The Paull Village Hall is a great venue for all our customers.

We won the award


ERYC Cllrs. John Dennis and Mike Bryan have nominate the Paull Village Hall for the East Riding Chairman’s Awards in 2 separate categories.

Cllr John Dennis said, ”The new Village Hall on Paull’s dramatic waterfront has been nominated in both the ‘Chairman’s Built Heritage’, and the ‘Community Awards’ categories, as we think the project deserves recognition and commendation on both levels. As a Built Heritage project, it is without doubt one of the most striking and charismatic buildings created in this area in recent years and is the result of a superb community effort, involving true teamwork, exceptional design skills, brilliant fund-raising, and the determination and inspired leadership of the late Paul Cross, who sadly passed away last year, a few months after the hall was formally opened. In the Community Awards context, the creation of this new facility has brought back the social heart to the village. With the opening of the new hall, this excellent facility is in regular and frequent use by community groups for leisure and learning purposes, and by residents for celebratory and family functions.”

September 15, 2012

Two more offshore windfarm vessels to be built at Paull

Interior of the Alicat Workboat

DUNSTONS the ship repairers have received an order for two more offshore windfarm boats to be built at the former Hepworths shipyard in Paull.

This means that five of the new state-of-the-art aluminum workboats will now be built at Paull. The 20 metre long vessels will be used to ferry technicians out to the wind farms in the North Sea.

Each vessel comes in the form of a kit and will be constructed under licence from Alicat Workboats and upon completion will be capable of carrying 12 technicians and reaching speeds of 30 knots.

The order has come from the Rix Shipping Group who, along with Dunstons, have set up distinct trading arms in order to fully take advantage of the opportunities presented by the renewables industry.

Hull company Dunston (Ship Repairs) has established Dunston (Ship Builders) after receiving a £5.1m order for three workboats from Hull company Rix Shipping.

The aluminium boats, which will be built under licence from Great Yarmouth-based Alicat Workboats – a subsidiary of the Gardline Group – will be used to service wind turbines in the North Sea as part of the UK’s drive to create energy from renewable sources.

The move marks a return to shipbuilding for the Dunston group, which can trace its history in the industry back to 1858. The company ceased building vessels in 1994 to concentrate on ship repairs at its base on William Wright Dock.

Richard Bourne, joint owner and managing director of Dunston Ship Repairs, said he was very proud to be spearheading a revival of shipbuilding on the Humber after years of absence.

He said that the order could well be the “start of things to come” as the renewables industry creates demand for a range of different vessels of both modern and traditional design.

“I’m extremely excited to be bringing the name of Dunston Ship Builders back to its rightful position on the Humber,” said Bourne.

“Establishing the new company will secure jobs in the region and as the offshore wind farms are developed will generate a lot of investment and create employment.”

Dunston Ship Builders will lease the J.R. Rix & Sons-owned Hepworths yard in Paull, East Yorkshire to build the vessels.

James Doyle, director at Rix Shipping, said when complete the boats would be used to transport technicians and equipment to offshore wind farms to service and maintain the turbines.