tarboat

tarboat

Posted on 08/22/2014


Photo taken on August  1, 2014


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My mother has always told me that the bombing of Hull was extensive and went on for many nights during the war. She told me tales of how their dog was always first into the shelter when the raid warning sounded and also how uncomfortable it was with everyone crowded into a small space which had a tendency to fill with a certain amount of water. However, her family survived, unlike the two nearby pubs that were both victims of incendiaries.

Mum was taken back to Hull recently for a nostalgic look around and called at her old house. She was astonished to discover that the old shelter was still there, probably because it was built of brick whilst all the neighbours had Anderson shelters. For many nights up to eight people from the two adjoining houses, plus the family dog, sheltered in this tiny structure.

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Frank Roolooth
Frank Roolooth
Awful times, must have been frightening just sitting there and hoping/praying that there wouldn't be a direct or close hit.
4 years ago.
GrahamH
GrahamH
Is the inside all at ground level or is it dug lower? What made this more secure than a house, small target size?
4 years ago.
tarboat has replied to GrahamH
It wasn't designed to stop a direct hit, more a case of avoiding shrapnel amd falling beams/masonry. There was a step down into the shelter as I understand it.
4 years ago.