Nelson Street and a Paddle Steamer moored at Victoria Pier, Kingston upon Hull. Paddle steamers were used on the ferry service across the Humber estuary between Kingston upon Hull and New Holland. Photographed by Aerofilms Ltd in August 1931
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print takes us back to the bustling streets of Kingston upon Hull in August 1931. Standing tall amidst the vibrant cityscape is Nelson Street, a testament to the architectural grandeur of its time. But what truly steals the spotlight is the magnificent paddle steamer gracefully moored at Victoria Pier. The paddle steamer, an iconic vessel used for ferrying passengers across the Humber estuary between Kingston upon Hull and New Holland, stands as a symbol of maritime history and connectivity. Its presence evokes memories of a bygone era when these majestic ships ruled the waters with their elegant charm. Captured by Aerofilms Ltd, this archival gem offers a glimpse into an age where travel was not just about reaching destinations but also about experiencing adventure and wonder. The photograph's timeless quality transports us back to an era when steam-powered ferries were at their peak, serving as vital links between communities on either side of the estuary. As we gaze upon this remarkable image from Historic England Archive, we are reminded that history has many stories to tell. It reminds us that even in our modern world filled with high-speed transportation systems, there is something enchanting about witnessing moments frozen in time – like this snapshot capturing both urban life and maritime heritage intertwined harmoniously along Kingston upon Hull's waterfront.
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