Our History

The Hull & Goole Port Sanitary Authority was established in 1887 and later became the Hull & Goole Port Health Authority. The Chief Port Health Inspector, Mr Laurence Dettman, is custodian of the original Authority Reports from 1886 onwards, and they make fascinating reading. Having over 53 years service with the Authority, he also has a long and detailed knowledge of things relating to port health. Keen historians may research these documents (in person at the Authority offices only) on request to the Chief Port Health Inspector. Photocopies of dates/pages/subjects of interest can be provided on a limited basis subject to an economical charge.

The Hull History Centre has most of our archive material in its collection. An online catalogue is available on their website.


The History of Hull & Goole Port Health Authority - by Laurence H Dettman
Hull Hospital Ship - EHN Article August 2013 by Roy Kaye
Port Health Past & Present- a paper by Roy Kaye 1984
Port Health at War - EHN Article July 2016 by Roy Kaye
Casualties of War - EHN Article 2014 by Roy Kaye