St Andrew’s Dock named after the patron saint of fishermen, was home to Hulls trawlers and was opened in 1883. It could be accessed by foot from a bridge at the bottom of Liverpool Street on Hessle Road. There were lots of other jobs both on the dock and in the fish factories in the surrounding streets. There were jobs unloading fish done by “Bobbers” who caught the baskets full of fish that were swung from the ships and tipped them into fish ‘kits’. The men had ‘bob’ down out of the way of the swinging baskets and hence got the name “Bobbers”. There were others who gutted the fish ready for sale in the auctions. I remember the Bobbers wore steel studded clogs which made a right racket as they came down the concrete steps of the foot bridge. I used to wonder how they kept on their feet because the nearly flew down the steps.
Hull’s fishing community on Hessle Road had a real ‘community spirit’ with a caring and friendly atmosphere where everybody helped each other and I am proud to be a Hessle Roader. The pubs were always full of fishermen in their Tailor made suits, Brillcream hair and bell bottom trousers. They were known as the “three day millionaires” because they were only home for three days at a time and if they had a good trip they spent the money as if they were millionaires. The wives received a small regular wage while their husbands were away so that they could buy food and clothes.