14: A ride on the Yorkshire Belle

The current Yorkshire Belle was built in 1947 and can carry 206 passengers.
The current Yorkshire Belle was built in 1947 and can carry 206 passengers.

For some of the most spectacular views of the East Yorkshire coastline, you need to head out to sea.

For decades, The Yorkshire Belle has been giving passengers the chance to enjoy a cruise in Bridlington Bay, around Flamborough Head and up to see the wildlife at Bempton Cliffs.

She was bought in 1982 by her current owners, Roy Simpson and Peter Richardson. Before the purchase, both men worked in Huddersfield but have now become Board of Trade recognised skippers. Previous Yorkshire Belle skippers have included Jack Pockley who retired in 1972 and Philip Thornton.

Mr Richardson said: “She is the only boat of its kind left in Bridlington. The only one which can take you to Flamborough Head and to see the spectacular cliffs at Bempton.

“It is such a relaxing feeling when you are out at sea, hearing the sound of the water going past as you see these wonderful sights.”

The original Yorkshire Belle, built for A and W Crawford, was launched at Messrs Cook, Welton and Gemmell’s Beverley shipyard.

She arrived in Bridlington in 1938 which was her first time at sea as her trials had been conducted on the River Humber.

Sadly, she was destroyed during the Second World War when she hit a magnetic mine in the Humber.

The replacement Yorkshire Belle was built in 1947 also by Cook, Welton & Gemmell and weighs 70 tons gross. She is more than 24 metres long, six metres wide and can carry up to 206 passengers.

Cruises run daily from Bridlington harbour between April and September, ranging from half-hour trips to longer three-hour journeys. Outings continued during October, depending on the weather.

There are evening cruises in July and August with live entertainment and specialised trips for business groups or school parties.

For details visit www.yorkshire-belle.co.uk.