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Each year after its busy season, the Yorkshire Belle heads to dry dock to carry out essential maintenance and to ensure that the boat meets the requirements of the MCA (The Maritime Coastguard Agency) as detailed inspections take place.
This year (2015) sees the Belle making this journey once again, but with a difference. The dry dock which has been used for over 20 years at Paull on the Humber, is no longer operational. So for the first time since 1951 the Yorkshire Belle was to make the journey from Bridlington to Hull, up the Humber Estuary and onto the River Hull.
The journey to Dean's Dockyard would mean that the bridges of Hull would have to be raised in order for the Belle to make its way to the dockyard.
On Tuesday 12th January the boat sailed from Bridlington leaving at 9.30 am with four crew onboard, to make their way to Albert Dock in Hull, this journey took around seven hours.
The next day Wednesday - saw the boat make the historic trip through Hull up to the new Dry Dock at Dean's Dockyard
Such as story was worthy of press and media coverage and so we were delighted that the Hull Daily Mail, Radio Humberside and the Bridlington Free Press covered the story, with lots of updates on both the Yorkshire Belle's Facebook page and also on Twitter.
Peter the Skipper was interviewed live on Radio Humberside by Phil White (currently still available on the BBC website) whilst sailing from Bridlington and the press were out in force to see the Belle arrive at Albert Dock late at night