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Dead Bod, originally painted on a shed at Alexandra Dock in the 1965, was a familiar sight for sailors and trawler-men sailing to and from Hull. Dead Bod was painted by Len ‘Pongo’ Rood, potentially as a drunken prank, on a bored Saturday afternoon. Afterwards he told friends the story behind the image he created. Whilst ‘The Englishman’ was anchored near Falmouth, a bird had landed on deck with a broken wing. William Vivian ‘Tulip’ Hooper was the Captain of that ship and an avid bird watcher. Tulip tended to the bird for three weeks in his cabin. He brought the bird outside in a cardboard box and retreated back inside the bridge to watch it fly off with Pongo. Before it could fly away Bosun Bob Skelton emerged, exclaimed “What the f*** is that?,” and killed the bird with a swing of his boot. Pongo replied, “It’s a dead bod.” Tulip shook his head and said “Three weeks of s*** and feathers in my cabin and it ends like this. Well done Bob.”


In 2015, there were plans to demolish the shed on which it was painted. Coverage in the local press led to a successful local campaign to preserve Dead Bod.



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