Esther The last Grimsby Sail Trawler
The Esther Mission
The object of this web site is to promote the history and public awareness of Esther. It is hoped that by so doing enough interest might be generated such that a process of restoration could be undertaken if enough like minded people could gathered about her cause.
Esther was bought by the North East Lincolnshire Council in 1992 with the intention of displaying her with a collection of fishing vessels at the National Fishing Heritage Center in Grimsby.
The restoration of Esther is an emotive question. Why should she be restored depends on your stand point. For some she is just a pile of rotting wood. For others Esther represents all that Grimsby once stood for.
To bring her back to life is to bring the past back into the present. To restore Esther is to restore the essence of Grimsby and to capture something that this town once stood for.
Grimsby rose from a small coastal community on the muddy foreshore of the Humber River to the largest fishing port in the world because of boats like Esther. The foundations of today's Grimsby lay on the bones of fish caught by Esther and the thousands of sail trawlers like her. Ask people in other parts of the country today if they have ever heard of Grimsby and many will say yes, but ask them if they knew where Grimsby was and very few would be able to point to in on a map. Sadly Grimsby has slipped from view over the decades but there is a chance to put Grimsby back on the map with a fully restored Sail Trawler of our own.
As a roving Ambassador at regattas and other maritime events all around the country Esther could promote the town better than any other kind of advertising. As a mobile platform to Grimsby's heritage she could promote awareness of the town in a solid tangible way unlike a video promotion or paper advertising. Had she been restored back in the 1990's she could have even taken part in the Queens Golden Jubilee this year.
Some say that she never fished from Grimsby and her links to the town are weak and inconsequential. It is true that she spent most of her life in Iceland and the Faroes but we can only be thankful for that because had she remained in British waters she would have almost certainly been broken up long ago.
Her working life in Grimsby was only 8 years of her nearly 125 years but the fact that she was one of the few built in the town and is one of the few sail trawlers left in the world out of the many thousands built in the second half of the 1800's must make her value as important a symbol to Grimsby as that of the Grimsby Dock Tower.
If you feel that Grimsby has seen enough of its heritage and national presence diminished over the past few decades and you feel that a restored Esther could put us back on the map and in the media spotlight for positive reasons then promote this web site and Esther's story when ever you can. You can contact me with any ideas or suggestions by getting in touch through the contacts page or you can lobby your local government officials here to make them aware of your views.
The Esther story starts here