Swinging the Lamp is a tribute “in words and song” to Jim Williams, who fished the Arctic seas at the height of the fishing industry, and who was at sea when Hull’s triple trawler tragedy happened in February 1968.
The performance retells Jim’s experiences and dramas of a life at sea as well as the time he spent promoting the rich fishing heritage of the Humber Estuary so that current and future generations will never forget the bravery and sacrifices made by the region’s fishermen.
Gordon has been involved in the region’s fishing heritage for 30 years. He designed the National Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby, the Fish Room exhibition on the Arctic Corsair and the on board interpretation of the Amandine in Oostende, Belgium.
Having played the role of Jim in a production at Hull Truck Theatre in 2012, Gordon decided to write Swinging the Lamp (based on Jim’s autobiography of the same name) to bring Jim’s story to the stage, as well as to remember the thousands of men of the Humber fishing ports who were lost at sea.
Swinging the Lamp is part story-telling, part theatre and part folk music, evoking life as it was in the fishing communities of Hull and Grimsby and remembering the life of skipper Jim Williams.