Hull Dock March
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HULL DOCK MARCH. AKA "Hull Dock Company's March (The)." English, March (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Hull is a large port town at the junction of the Hull and Humber Rivers in Yorkshire's East Riding, and was at one time the third largest port in England. The Hull Dock Company as founded in 1773 and was responsible for the construction of the town's first dock, opened in 1778 and later re-named Queen's Dock, making the loading and unloading of ships much easier. Prior to the completion of the structure all such activity took place by means of lighters while ships anchored in the Humber. A second dock was added in 1809 and was called the Humber Dock, and it is this that the title of the march probably commemorates. Gibbons and Dixon both set the tune in the key of 'C' major.
Sources for notated versions: the 1823-26 music mss of papermaker and musician Joshua Gibbons (1778-1871, of Tealby, near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire Wolds) [Sumner]; the c. 1798 music manuscript of T.J. Dixon (Holton le Moor, Lincolnshire).
Printed sources: Sumner (Lincolnshire Collections, vol. 1: The Joshua Gibbons Manuscript), 1997; p. 11.