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September 4, 2019

Good morning, guys. Welcome back to our road trip across Northern England. Right now we are in Kingston Upon Hull. Hull was recently named the UK city of culture for 2017 So we’re here to find out a bit more of its contribution to England’s heritage. Let’s roll. Well guys, we’ve managed to score another day of really good weather here, which is always a surprise in this corner of the world. But it should be mentioned that Hull is undergoing lots of reconstruction. They’re basically just pimping it out for 2017. So where are we off to first, Bro? One of the biggest contributions Hull had to English heritage was in the maritime field. This was a major port in medieval times, all the way through to modern era. We’re going to head to the Maritime Museum right now, and meet with the local expert who is going to teach us a bit more about its role. Let’s go. I think it’s “anchors away.” Hull was founded in the 1100s as a trading port and throughout the Middle Ages became part of the Hanseatic League, which was basically the precursor to the European Union, like this sort of network of trading ports around Northern Europe, which connected England and the British Isles all the way with Germany, the Baltic states, and Scandanavia. The reason we are here is to look at Hull’s maritime history. Hull was built, literally, to export wool, and that’s what it did first of all. Not only exported wool, but it also exported lead. And the merchants got quite rich on them. The sea was the first world wide web, and Hull people and ships did their business in great waters. Scratch any story of the sea from across the world, and you’ll find Hull people and ships. Well that was super interesting I think one of the most fascinating parts of travel is by connecting the dots from different places and people. In the last year we’ve been to cities in the Hanseatic League like Talilnn, Estonia And you can see those connections here in the architecture, in some of the street names. It’s crazy how commercial ventures can connect a city like this to the rest of the world. England is such a maritime nation, and cities like Hull are the ones that sent the British out into the world. It’s pretty interesting. Something quirky about Hull: It’s the only place in the UK that has white telephone booths Now we’re down at the waterfront. We’re standing in front of the Arctic Corsair, which is a fishing trawler that used to fish way up in the North Atlantic. We’re meeting up with Derrick and Wally who are two guys who worked as fisherman for a long time. According to Wally here, over 900 trawlers left Hull and never returned. And over 6000 of these fishermen were lost at sea, including your father, your uncle, two uncles, and a father. You see these lists back here of all these names, and then the plaques on the other wall of all the faces of the people who died at sea here in Hull. It’s crazy and it really puts into prespective how important this industry was and how many people died fishing here in Hull because they were motoring all the way up to Iceland Definitely a dangerous job and not one for the faint of heart. Pretty insane guys. To put his into perspective: these guys would go out fishing for two to three weeks, and in that time they would fill this hold with literally 4 or 5 tons of fish. That’s anywhere between 10 and 20,000 fish. They would be up to their chests in live fish, and they would have to gut all of those fish on the deck before they could go into this machine back here. Basically, it was like a conveyor belt, and it would dump the fish down into the hold. And then there would be other guys here who would be shoveling ice onto the fish to keep them fresh. Let’s see where we used to sleep? Down here? Down here That says danger. Keep out. Is that because all of the smell from you guys sleeping down there? No, the anchor’s down here. [Laugh}. That’s the anchor down there, huh? Yeah. But normally you would have slept down there? Yeah. There are two bunks on that side. There are two bunks on this side. That’s where we slept There’s dead man’s corner. There’s no where to stand. When that sea ponies over, if you was caught there that’d smash your arms up bulkhead and kill ya. Story of cod fishing is just a fascinating one. At one point they thought that there were so many codfish that you could walk clear from Europe to North America on the backs of codfish. It was so lucrative that they called the fishing spots silver pits. But eventually, cod was over fished. That was made even worse in the 1970s with what was called the Cod Wars. Iceland, asserting its territorial control over its waters, and not letting English fishing trawlers fish off their coasts where they did for hundreds of years. And that combined with the mechanization of the cargo port, really lead to bad times for the city. And it’s been basically trying to recover ever since that double blow in the mid 1970s. Man. those guys have some stories, huh? Fishermen and their tales. For sure. But maybe the most long-lasting story of English fishermen is the dish that we most commonly associate with the UK: fish and chips. So we’re going to head into the Lion and Key, one of the oldest pubs in town here, have a pint, have some lunch, and then start an ale trail. Chips That’s it right there. Cheers. Yum. Thank you. One pub down. The next one is Ye Olde Heart, which has a pretty interesting story because it’s the pub that sparked in many ways the English Civil War back in the 1600s. You’ve got to love when you walk into a pub and there’s just a huge human skull on display. No big deal. Chill. So now we are in the Plotting Parlour, which is named like this because it used to be the governor’s house, and a couple citizens at the outbreak of the English Civil War decided to deny the king, Charles the First, entry into the city. And you know what happens when you deny the king? You get seiged. Bad things happen. There was a seige that happened after that, and that was the first conflict of the English Civil War, and it eventually….. Pretty poorly for Charles, right? Yeah, he lost his head. What do you think we should plot in this room, Bro? I think we should plot to have more pints. I think we should plot the same thing we plot everyday: How to take over the world!! I know the last video was about haunted places, but…… yeah, I feel it here! What is that? Where? Oh my god. There’s an arm in here. Limbs everywhere and then there’s…oh my god that scared the hell out of me. I know, right? Thank you. So you might notice that Ye Olde White Harte heart is actually a deer. Not like the heart in your chest. And we just learned that that is because King Richard the Second mandated that all pubs have some sort of sign. I just generally love the way that pubs are named in the UK. Now please don’t take this the wrong way, but there are so many names of pubs that are really sexual, but also not. And I don’t know if this is like a running joke, but I don’t get it. Because the word “cock” means a hen. No, a cock means a rooster. Well yeah, OK. Either way, it’s not perverted: it’s just old English So this is the most narrow and small window in all England. It was designed to allow the porter to be able to see when coaches were coming so he could give them good service. That’s the George Pub here at home. Right guys. Well… kind of an interesting turn of events this afternoon. We are being interviewed by ITV And we’re in front of the Hull Theater, which is kind of a landmark in the city. Now it’s a big year for Hull. There’s a lot of people here who are excited about becoming the city of culture, and I think they’re interested to see what we think, which so far has been….[thumbs-up] all positive. Anyway, we’re going to head back inside because we have to do a quick interview with the theater director. My name is Mark Babich I’m the artistic director of Hull Truck Theater It started in the early 1970s by a director called Mike Bradwell who was with a bunch of quite revoluntionary theater makers, and they decided to create a theater companty in probably the least likely place in the early 1970s, and that was Hull And they literally started from making work out of the back of the truck. So hence the name Hull Truck. It’s been quite the day, man. I’ve had a great time here in Hull. We’ve explored part of the city, and now we’re going to the marina. We’re going to this restaurant, 1884, which has played a part of giving some energy to this part of the city. Hull was really badly damaged in WW2. So not only did you have the fishing industry leave, the port kind of shut down. But in World War Two, 90 -95 % of the city was destroyed in the whole Blitz, which was basically a German bombing campaign. Restaurants like 1884 have started putting in a lot of energy in this part of the city. So we’re going to go meet up with Laura Waller. the chef and have some “din dins.” Started off as an attempt to bring the Manhattan style steak house to the UK. But also to put something in an area that previously had been quite neglected for a number of years. It’s all very beautifully presented. We have venison wellington, some sea bream and sole, all local produce, all delicious I momentarily forgot that I’m eating pure bacon and lard. It’s super nice. Mark said that eating bacon makes your beard better. What bacon does is put the oil in your beard that you need to make it all thick. It also puts the oil in your heart that makes you have a heart attack. But trade-offs, man. Beards are worth it, right? until you have a heart attack. Until you have a heart attack. Well, I had an absolutely amazing day here in Hull. It was super fun. Yeah, we definitely did. It’s been a great little addition to our road trip here in Northern England. So if you’ve not seen the rest of the videos, make sure you check out the rest of this playlist. There’re links in the description box. If you like the video, make sure you give it a thumbs-up, share it with your friends, and subscribe to Vagabrothers for new travel videos every Tuesday. In the meantime remember to stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Next stop: Liverpool. Peace. I means Leeds. We’re going to Leeds, actually. [Laugh]


  • Reply Florencia Menna November 18, 2016 at 4:59 am

    I was in Hull on April 23! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Es Gee November 18, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    who's rick and who's steves. Also who's pinky and who's the brain?

  • Reply Lesley Gilbert November 22, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Yeah!! – a great review of my home city – looking forward to next years City of Culture 2017 – sharing this on FB ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Mark Nelson-Girtchen November 22, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Born in Hull and now living in Germany. What I missed is the Deep, Wilberforce House, Transport Museum.

  • Reply Daily Sandwich December 5, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    i use to live there but now i live in a difrent cuntry

  • Reply Daily Sandwich December 5, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    cool vid i like it very much

  • Reply Bye Bye January 1, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I past you mate I went

  • Reply Craig Banks January 1, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    I live in Hull, and I'm proud!๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Reply BeautyCookie January 2, 2017 at 4:17 am

    AMAZING! Thank you so much for showing that Hull isn't as terrible as people make it out to be! Hull is fantastic, and I'm never ashamed to say that I'm from here! Especially in 2017 where I'm sure I'll fall in love with my home town even more โค๏ธ

  • Reply TravelingEevee January 4, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I do find that Hull can be a bit underrated at times, and there are nice things to do and to visit in Hull, though I'm sorry, but I don't think it deserves to be city of culture, there are just quite simply nicer places and places with more historical landmarks etc… I find though then again you may disagree and there are probably a lot of things that I've missed in Hull too

  • Reply ChloeLoves Vlogs&Gaming January 6, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Hulls nice isn't it x

  • Reply charlie mendoza January 6, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Thankyou guys for saying some nice things about my home city.The rest of England like to put us down but you two gave a honest account..Cheers

  • Reply mcsquare77 January 8, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Kingston-Upon-Hull was voted the 2nd worst place to live in #England 2017!

  • Reply Square pinapples January 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    I'm getting so giddy about how the steps I take nearly everyday are on YouTube, also hulls redevelopment is almost finished, and right now there's a wind turbine blade in Victoria square. Plus there's a new memorial for the trawler men lost at sea

  • Reply Tony Glenholmes January 16, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    It's not pronounced 'YE', it is pronounced 'THE'…that isn't the letter Y, it's just the closest to the thorn letter: รž

    Olde English, innit.

  • Reply LegendaryNoods FTW January 22, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    My home townโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

  • Reply Ella Parkinson January 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Proud to be from hull it has a bad reputation of chavs and idiots but so many places in hull are so beautiful ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Reply Sophie-lee Jonesy January 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I live in hull cxx

  • Reply MegaMissfitz February 2, 2017 at 6:46 am

    morning sweet cheeks! an early start is a smart start ๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š

  • Reply AnimalFigureAdventures February 14, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    I'm from hull and before you went there you could hardly walk around town coz there was so much construction

  • Reply Michael Green February 27, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    ull's not that bad these days ,go back 20 years it was an utter shit tip.The old bus station for example..ha ha

  • Reply It's Jess March 2, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Never knew my home was so popular ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Reply Alex March 12, 2017 at 9:09 am

    But Hull is a shit hole.

  • Reply Lesley Gilbert March 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    I was born and live in Hull and proud of my City. I shared your great video on FB last year and going to do it again today – I wish you guys could come back to do an up-date now most of the refurbishments are completed – lots of great things happening every day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Xsxoxp X March 16, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    ma home town โ™ฅ

  • Reply David of Yorkshire March 26, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    It was actually the EEC, later to become to EU, through the common fisheries policy that destroyed the fishing industry. One of the many reasons were out of the EU as soon as possible.

  • Reply 0RAYE0 March 31, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    LION KEY IS HAUNTED! XD Well atleast I think it is. Mens bottoms get pinched a lot xD Dirty Ghost

  • Reply 2702 April 4, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I didn't think Hull could look good, but you guys did it!

  • Reply Melissa Ida April 4, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I'm at the university at Hull and love it, it's such a great city

  • Reply domhull09 April 5, 2017 at 2:39 am

    My hometown =)

  • Reply Beki Roberts April 15, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    for once a fair representation of Hull. thank you for taking our culture in and enjoy your travels.x

  • Reply Russian turkey May 26, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    One fact: in 1969 three ships sank in various different places but sank together they were 60 people all together and 59 died 1 survived all of them came from Hull

  • Reply Phillip Robinson May 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Its a tip! full of dossers!

  • Reply John Melhuish June 18, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Im from Hull!

  • Reply Alisha Music Lover June 21, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Hull and Proud cheers!!!

  • Reply KaotikGaming July 1, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Who else lives in hull?

  • Reply Sam-UK July 8, 2017 at 12:41 am

    So glad you mentioned the Hansiatic League something that is often overlooked by people that even live in the city.

  • Reply PumpkinLyd July 9, 2017 at 11:54 am

    When I worked as a fundraiser once I was speaking to a guy and asked him where he was from, he said "Hell, er I mean Hull" I once lived there for a few months so I understood the Freudian slip. I'm glad they are putting some funding into the place it needed it.

  • Reply MAX Percentage July 10, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Canยดt wait for my exchange Semester at Hull Uni starting at September <3

  • Reply The Hum July 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Great video. Thanks so much for uploading. We in Hull don't brag or show off, no big need really. Not in our nature. But we are proud of our city and are so happy when people come and enjoy it. It really does have that 'end of the line' feeling, as someone once said ;o)

  • Reply Eric Watchtower July 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I'll give Hull a visit why not…

  • Reply Antony Nichols July 23, 2017 at 10:48 am

    hull is my city my heart belongs to hull 4 ever thanks hull for being my city

  • Reply John Walsh July 25, 2017 at 6:01 am

    The UK fishing fleet has been decimated by the EU fisheries policy. Thank goodness for brexit!

  • Reply WolfPackLeader August 6, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Culture & Hull, that is like the Monti Python joke so funny people dropped dead after listening to it. The place is Wankistan for red neck East Riders.

  • Reply DickTurpin August 8, 2017 at 12:07 am

    They have a police station in Hull on a road called "Letbsy Avenue" no kidding!

  • Reply Marcus kourtney August 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Great video , the right amount of humour , information and video , very professional ( here i live too )

  • Reply Izzy the Seale August 14, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Not going to lie but I thought hull was in the south ๐Ÿ˜‚ I'm a Londoner

  • Reply TFKnowlsy August 22, 2017 at 12:08 am

    This was a great video, and a great perspective of Hull.

  • Reply Oreo MSP August 23, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    I live in hull and it's such an amazing place I love it!

  • Reply MoBench25 August 25, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Except for the lard jokes this video is really good to watch………..

  • Reply ultramarine0123 September 4, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    So you enjoyed ull

  • Reply Sonu Pamar September 15, 2017 at 10:15 am

    did the man at 3:00 said " a father" how many father does he have?๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I've one !! for swear

  • Reply sophie Elizabeth September 19, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Proud to be in hull

  • Reply Andrew Corbett September 23, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Great Video guys, I'm producing a website about the Humber area and would love to include your video. Would that be ok with a link / credit back? Thanks

  • Reply Kipling zines October 8, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Violent city and it's all a front – people can kick out if you do one thing ! Just end of the road ville . It's not the city itself it's the people . Very negative attitude to their European heritage and being a European country even though an island . You'd think they invented islands by how into themselves they are . I mean seriously ???? . The surface is being air brushed but underneath there is a vile culture of hatred

  • Reply Brandon Greenleaf October 10, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Wow. 98% bombed? Looks like a lot of pre 1941 buildings. I'm confused.

  • Reply Megan Varley October 24, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    That old man's smile at 8:33 ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Reply LMS3200 November 10, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Hull's a shithole, just stay in the city centre and harbour if you're visiting.

  • Reply CrazyConby 21 November 14, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    My home yeah we're not very popular

  • Reply vicky Smith November 15, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Glad you had fun in my home town guys

  • Reply superrr 556 November 29, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I live in hull

  • Reply I have no name December 23, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Tnx for viewing my home city

  • Reply The Hair Seller December 31, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I live in hull!!!!!

  • Reply John Martin December 31, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I was born in Hull & saw it's decline in the 70's. I eventually left in the 80's to find work elsewhere. I come back to my home town every couple of years & have to admit the place looked depressing the last few year, but the City of Culture has brought new life & vibrancy to city.These guys have done a great video to promote Hull, I hope the city canย build on from the City of Culture 2017 & attract even more tourists.ย One omission is glaring, why do people who visit Hull never mention William Wilberforce, the man who abolished slavery. His house is a must visit.

  • Reply kris wilkinson January 15, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    I left Hull when I was 19. Came back when I was 27. Have loved living back here for the past 17 years. The city has the same problems most other cities do. However it also lacks prolific problems other cities have. I have lived in far worse places in the UK than this great city. I am proud to come from Hull, and even prouder I returned and will forever stay.

  • Reply frazz70 January 16, 2018 at 6:21 am

    U should head there again one day it's like a completely difrent city!

  • Reply Tamika Mckenna January 21, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    I live in hull

  • Reply Mujeeb Rahmani January 28, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I lived in Hull for 5 years now I am 11

  • Reply Llama King February 2, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    I am from hull 00

  • Reply Ben P February 5, 2018 at 1:31 am

    I seriously want to know the hotel they stayed in

  • Reply *Georgia Gale* March 9, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    I live there

  • Reply Probably a Nokia Brick March 26, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    I was born in Hull and now live in York (I watched then York video! I support the local football (soccer) team and I love the Maritime museum!

  • Reply Crazy kids March 29, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Thanks for not saying anything negative about Hull because everyone has forgotten Hull even exists. And when something does come up then the newspaper or the tv just say bad things. So thank you so much๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ

  • Reply Joe Platten April 1, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    im from hull and live here still and my family all had something o do with fishing and my gdad worked on the artic corsair

  • Reply Sam Penna April 20, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Yes then on from Hull

  • Reply Tom Hemming May 7, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    I live in hull

  • Reply Scarlett Millson May 30, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    I live in hull

  • Reply Alex Bradbury June 1, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Sorry but Iโ€™m disappointed as you still havenโ€™t been to the city of football, sheffield. You should come.

  • Reply Joe June 24, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Went to uni there, brought up less than 50 miles away and you guys, two Americans still tell me lots I didn't know

  • Reply Henry Walker June 30, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Lol as if they came to hull

  • Reply Small town Girl August 11, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Hi good video hope you enjoyed Hull I say this as I am the youth mayor of hull and am proud that people are enjoying it.

  • Reply ryan bryant August 13, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    United States Army commanders and commanders of the Russian Army master control and rule the world Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden were secret agents of the United States and Russia Adolf Hitler favored the invazion of Europe by the United States and Russia and Osama bin Laden favored early Muslims extrmination of USA and Russia.United States Army commanders and commanders of the Russian Army and rule the world by controlling the secret police:team bosses,driving instructors,examiners auto,executives who interogates people,watching people,blackmail people,put people prisons year,robbing people,kill people.United States Army commanders and commanders of the Russian Army before the Third World War will enter bunkers will trigger will start the Third World War will scorch earth will exterminate mankind and after that will come out of bunkers and live on earth as paradise year.

  • Reply charles Francis August 16, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    You guys know how to have a good time….interesting information as well….and im bloody English!

  • Reply Lila& Tamsworld September 18, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    hull I live in hull

  • Reply spiderman01980 October 3, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    You can buy a property in hull and surrounding area for the price needed as deposit to buy a property in london.

  • Reply Chris Smith November 9, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    i live in Hull and i was born in hessle just outside Hull i moved from Hessle for a few years and missed the place so i moved back to Hull and i love it

  • Reply Jamie Curious November 29, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Love ur video!!! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • Reply Danika Mccoid December 13, 2018 at 1:36 am

    H live there

  • Reply Chilley1 January 16, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I was here in my first trip to England ever. I really liked the city. Nice beer prices and polite people. Would recomend a Guiness at ye olde white harte.

  • Reply Silent Human February 7, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Feels weird watching a vlog about my city.

  • Reply Julia Brown February 23, 2019 at 11:24 am

    FYI: British Culture and "English Heritage", not the same thing! Anyway I loved how you picked the most old fashioned museum and made it interesting.

  • Reply Michael Flick Photography April 7, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Thanks for the video, guys. I'll be in Yorkshire in May for about three weeks and didn't have Hull on the radar at all. Now I will do some research and maybe take a day trip there.

  • Reply Jacks train videos Epic April 17, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    I live in hull

  • Reply Swishyy. Jr April 20, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Hull is where I was born I love and know every bit of it

  • Reply Ben P April 22, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Guessing theyโ€™re American

  • Reply Louis Moore May 11, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Cool you cane here to hull not alot of people do because its not that popular

  • Reply FummingBike5 June 28, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    I used to live there!

  • Reply josh July 2, 2019 at 1:00 am

    I visited Hull last December during my trip to England from Canada. I absolutely loved it there and spent most of my time there. I'm going again in a few weeks and I'm so excited to see what Yorkshire and Hull has to offer in the summer!

  • Reply Rhodri Owen July 22, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    A fantastic video. Really giving our City a name in the good light. People always stereo type Hull to be a bit boring and a run down place. This video gives in depth review into the history behind the City and it's docks. I love Hull.

  • Reply vinx August 10, 2019 at 5:35 am

    Thank you for visiting where I used to live in Hull ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

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