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Plaque to Antarctic seafarers - 20/07/16
Another heritage plaque is set to be unveiled on Saturday 23 July, at 12 noon at Hull Paragon Station, in tribute to two Hull seafarers who took part in Antarctic expeditions.

Captain William Colbeck (1871-1930) and Alfred Cheetham (1866-1918) were seafarers on the ship Morning who took part in the Antarctic expeditions to relieve Captain Scott 1902-1904, and were welcomed by thousands at Paragon Station on their return.

Captain Colbeck attended Hull Grammar School and signed on as an apprentice on Loch Torridon voyaging between Britain and Calcutta. With the help of the headmaster of Hull Trinity House, Zebedee Scaping, Captain Colbeck got his master's ticket in 1894.

Working his way up the ranks during many voyages Captain Colbeck was selected to command the Morning which was sent to relieve R F Scott's expedition on the Discovery.

During the voyage, Captain Colbeck discovered Scott Island and named its most prominent feature 'Haggitt's Pillar' after his mother's maiden name. Additionally Captain Scott named Cape Colbeck and Colbeck Bay after him.

After two difficult expeditions to the Antarctic, thousands of people greeted Colbeck and his crew when they arrived at Paragon Station.

Alfred Buchanan Cheetham was born in Liverpool but his family moved to Hull where eventually Cheetham married and lived at Bean Street.

Like Captain Colbeck, Cheetham took part in the expedition to the Antarctic voyaging on the Morning. In total Cheetham spent around six years on Antarctic expeditions.

Shackleton wrote about Cheetham saying he was 'the veteran of the Antarctic [and] had been more often south to the Antarctic than any other man'.

Cheetham was serving as 2nd office on the SS Prunelle when on 22 August 1918 his ship was torpedoed in the North Sea by a German U-Boat and he went down with the ship.

Councillor Mary Glew, leads on the plaque scheme to commemorate 100 people from Hull who made a difference nationally and internationally said: ""It is wonderful to have the opportunity to honour Captain Colbeck and Alfred Cheetham who took part in Scott's high-profile and life saving expedition to the Antarctic.

""We are proud of our city's rich maritime history and it is fitting that we are unveiling this mark of respect at the place where they were so triumphantly welcomed back to Hull by thousands of people.""

David Hatfield, TransPennine Express Station Manager for Humberside said: We are delighted that Hull Paragon Railway Station has been chosen as the location for the new centenary plaque.

The station has played an important part in Hulls history and in 1904, thousands gathered here to greet adventurers, Captain William Colbeck and Alfred Cheetham who had returned from their Antarctic expedition to relieve Captain Scott.""

The plaque commemorating Captain Colbeck and Alfred Cheetham is the 25th to be unveiled.

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