For more information
Call: 01482 320 066

Our History

Our History

  1. Eclipse company limited document


    The company was founded by 22-year-old Walter Peter Donnison. Before launching the company, Walter worked as a pit man for Humber Fishing and Fish Manure Company, latterly Humber Fertilisers. After serving in the Great War and three years with the RAF, he bought an ex-War Department vehicle to start his own business hauling fertilisers to local farms for Humber Fertilisers. He decided to name the company after the most popular brand of fertiliser at the time, which was Eclipse.

  2. Second Eclipse truck bought in 1922


    Walter bought his second truck – a Ford Model T Runabout with a tipper body. This was followed by several Leyland Albion Tippers (shown left) as the business continued to grow and deliver fertilisers further afield.

  3. Eclipse logo


    By now the company owned five vehicles and hauled other goods such as carbides and oils after it was granted an ‘A’ licence under the 1933 Transport Act.

  4. 1939

    The business had grown to seven vehicles when Walter was again called up for service in the Second World War. Co-director Leslie Thomas and Walter’s wife Harriet continued to run the business in his absence. Walter eventually returned in 1944 after being discharged on medical grounds.

  5. Portrait image of Walter’s only son, Peter


    Walter’s only son Peter decided to join the family business as a trainee driver to work alongside his father and help push the business forward. Previously, Peter had served in the Second World War and also spent several years in the RAF.

  6. 1957

    The business acquired its own site when it bought a rhubarb field in Clay Street from Hull Corporation. Denationalisation had helped the business grow and it needed its own premises.

  7. Four Eclipse trucks

    1958 - 1961

    The company’s first warehouse was built by local builder Hall Bros, who are still located in Clay Street. This was followed by a second warehouse, garage and office block in 1960. A period of sustained growth and widening customer base prompted the purchase of more vehicles, including three Ford Thames Traders for £9,000!

  8. Three Eclipse trucks, carrying oil


    The business recognised need for more specialised equipment. Articulated trailers became essential for the specialised transport of putties, oils, and carbides as well as food stuffs.

  9. Four Eclipse trucks


    Sadly, Walter died aged 67, leaving his wife Harriet and four children, Betty, Mary, Sheila and Peter, who now became the Managing Director. Walter’s colleagues Joseph Milner and Tony Faulkner became General Manager and Traffic Manager respectively.

  10. Eclipse celebrates 50 years of business


    By now one of Hull’s oldest independent haulage companies, Eclipse celebrated its 50th anniversary. Its fleet had expanded to 20 trucks and nine trailers in a range of models including BMC, Commer, Foden, Leyland and ERF.

  11. Eclipse truck with 8 woman on the back

    1971 - 1980

    Peter, now chairman of the local Road Haulage Association, formed the Commercial Drivers Sickness and Accident gratuity scheme (CDSA), the first of its kind in the area, which offered payments to staff in times of hardship and retirement. Employee Harry Clifford received £500 after 40 years’ service. (His truck pictured left during the Hull Lord Mayor's Parade) He re-joined the business two years after retirement, which is testament to the excellent employee relationships at the company.

  12. Three Eclipse trucks

    1980 - 1991

    The company continued to expand and increase its workforce and mixed fleet of trucks, including ERF, Foden, Renault, Volvo and Mercedes. At the age of 61, Peter decided to retire and spend more time with his wife Patricia and their three daughters after giving 38 years to the company.

  13. Four Eclipse vans

    1991 - 2011

    The business diversified into freight-forwarding and import-export services in response to customer demand. By now, many of the dedicated and loyal staff had been with the business for decades.

  14. A line of eclipse vans

    2011 - 2016

    The company invests more than £325,000 in new vehicles, including Mercedes, MAN and Renault trucks. The investment will help ensure that the company maintains its momentum as it powers towards its centenary in 2020. By then the company will have come a long way from the business first started all those years ago by Walter. It will reach this major milestone well established as one of the most respected and reliable haulage companies in the region.

  15. Five Eclipse vans

    2016 - 2019

    Eclipse Transport invests heavily in upgrading and increasing our fleet to facilitate its growing demand for ADR (hazardous) deliveries and specialist retractable roof deliveries. We continue to offer a multitude of services to meet and service our niche customer’s needs and increasing volume.

  16. Eclipse van

    2019 - 2020

    Keeping on track with our environmental policy and further investing in our fleet, Eclipse Transport purchased two of the latest “Euro 6” Mercedes Atros vehicles, ensuring compliance with LEZ & ULEZ guidelines as well as ensuring the driver comfort and workspace is to the highest standard.

  17. Eclispe van

    2020 - Present

    A Year of two halves. Despite the difficulties caused by COVID-19, investments made throughout the previous years helped ensure the company maintained traction as it reached it’s Centenary. Working throughout the pandemic we continued to offer first-class service to all our customers, ensuring their delivery needs and demands were met by our loyal and dedicated staff.