Humber Keel and Sloop Preservation Society

Humber Keel and Sloop Preservation Society We are a Regd Charity No 503747, that preserve and sail two rare historic Sailing Vessels: the Humber Keel "Comrade" and the Humber Sloop "Amy Howson".

Operating as usual

A move to a temporary mooring courtesy of Glanford Boat Club for Amy Howson this morning.                           Pics...
27/02/2021

A move to a temporary mooring courtesy of Glanford Boat Club for Amy Howson this morning. Pics by Lisa.

No sailing or maintenance could be done last year due to the covid 19 restrictions, sat quite at South Ferriby, Amy Hows...
18/01/2021

No sailing or maintenance could be done last year due to the covid 19 restrictions, sat quite at South Ferriby, Amy Howson awaits lock repairs to go to Keadby before the sailing season. If we have one this year. Picture from Amy Wilko.

No sailing or maintenance could be done last year due to the covid 19 restrictions, sat quite at South Ferriby, Amy Howson awaits lock repairs to go to Keadby before the sailing season. If we have one this year. Picture from Amy Wilko.

Here's s couple of shots from the 2009 Parade of Sail on the Humber in support of the Round the World Clipper Race. Hope...
13/01/2021

Here's s couple of shots from the 2009 Parade of Sail on the Humber in support of the Round the World Clipper Race. Hopefully we can do this again with all the re-rigged Humber sailing barges. Here's Phyllis, Amy Howson, Comrade and Southcliffe. (Pictures by Alan Gardiner and Eve Productions)

In the time when sail power was the norm family was also crew. Here on the Gainsborough registered keel Newark, a young ...
06/12/2020

In the time when sail power was the norm family was also crew. Here on the Gainsborough registered keel Newark, a young apprentice begins early. Picture HKSPS Archive.

In the time when sail power was the norm family was also crew. Here on the Gainsborough registered keel Newark, a young apprentice begins early. Picture HKSPS Archive.

Well that was our 2020 season. Amy Howson sails off hung dried and stowed for winter today. Because of the virus restric...
10/11/2020

Well that was our 2020 season. Amy Howson sails off hung dried and stowed for winter today. Because of the virus restrictions all she did this year was two trips with crew only between Hull and South Ferriby, Comrade didn't go anywhere. Let's hope we can get some seriously good sailing in next year. Thanks to everyone who have and still do support us! ⛵
www.keelsandsloops.org.uk

Well that was our 2020 season. Amy Howson sails off hung dried and stowed for winter today. Because of the virus restrictions all she did this year was two trips with crew only between Hull and South Ferriby, Comrade didn't go anywhere. Let's hope we can get some seriously good sailing in next year. Thanks to everyone who have and still do support us! ⛵
www.keelsandsloops.org.uk

Good news for our future came at last in these difficult times.  The society has been awarded a grant of £23,500 from th...
09/11/2020

Good news for our future came at last in these difficult times. The society has been awarded a grant of £23,500 from the Heritage Lottery Cultural Recovery Fund to help sustain our vessels and create funding diversity by utilising the hold of Comrade as a floating museum.
Amy Howson will deal with the sailing trips while Comrade will tell the story of the regions maritime heritage, she will be able to sail to other locations for maritime events and undertake educational trips when not open to the public in Hull marina. We have alot of work to do and volunteers are needed to make sure we achieve our goal. So get in touch with us and be a part of our team of dedicated enthusiasts. And if you feel you can, donations can be made through our PayPal account found on its page. Thank you to everyone who has supported and continue to support us. ⛵

Good news for our future came at last in these difficult times. The society has been awarded a grant of £23,500 from the Heritage Lottery Cultural Recovery Fund to help sustain our vessels and create funding diversity by utilising the hold of Comrade as a floating museum.
Amy Howson will deal with the sailing trips while Comrade will tell the story of the regions maritime heritage, she will be able to sail to other locations for maritime events and undertake educational trips when not open to the public in Hull marina. We have alot of work to do and volunteers are needed to make sure we achieve our goal. So get in touch with us and be a part of our team of dedicated enthusiasts. And if you feel you can, donations can be made through our PayPal account found on its page. Thank you to everyone who has supported and continue to support us. ⛵

Happy memories of a very wet trip to York on Amy Howson...Happy Days, RIP Brian x
13/07/2020

Happy memories of a very wet trip to York on Amy Howson...Happy Days, RIP Brian x

Unfortunately we have sad news for those that knew Our Brian, We lost Brian Peeps last week after a struggle with his il...
06/07/2020

Unfortunately we have sad news for those that knew Our Brian, We lost Brian Peeps last week after a struggle with his illness. Brian was a long time member of the HKSPS council and archivist who did a huge amount of work collecting together and sorting our photographs and documents making them accessible and safe. Brian was also a long serving crew member on Amy Howson and a key part of our regular crew visiting events with us, injecting his own humour and presence to the events. Brian also raised funds for us through organising talks to other interested organisations using archive photographs. He was also well known as a local Barton historian. The Society would like to extend their deepest sympathy to Brian's wife Muriel, and to Lynn, Lesley and Shawn. R.I.P Brian.

A selection of historic pictures from our archive.
30/04/2020

A selection of historic pictures from our archive.

A selection of historic pictures from our archive.

Amy Howson centenary barge gathering at Beverley 2014.
29/04/2020

Amy Howson centenary barge gathering at Beverley 2014.

Amy Howson centenary barge gathering at Beverley 2014.

We are unable to open the ships for visitors or arrange sailing trips in this difficult time of the Covid-19 pandemic, I...
19/04/2020

We are unable to open the ships for visitors or arrange sailing trips in this difficult time of the Covid-19 pandemic, It will put a considerable financial strain on the society as we still have the static costs to find for moorings & insurance plus the up keep of our safety equipment.
If you would like to assist us in ensuring the survival of our maritime heritage through this difficult time for everyone please use the donation buttons on our FB page and our web site.
We wish to say a big "thank you" to those who have already donated. Please stay home and stay safe!
Pictures from our archives.

This is from 2002 when Tony and Sally brought  Daybreak back to the Humber from theThames for a visit and a run out unde...
14/04/2020

This is from 2002 when Tony and Sally brought Daybreak back to the Humber from theThames for a visit and a run out under sail with Amy and Comrade. The occasion was Tony Woodward reaching the grand old age of 50. ⛵ (picture by Cedric Renolds)

From our Chairman.It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of friend and colleague Colin Screeton...
12/04/2020

From our Chairman.
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of friend and colleague Colin Screeton, 83 years. This follows a short illness and he passed away last night at the care home where he had been for a couple of months.

Colin had been one of the mainstays of the Society, joining it just a short time after its conception and being sailing master of COMRADE for about thirty years. He was heavily involved in the restoration of COMRADE and kept the tradition of sailing keels on the Humber, the main core of the Society's aims. He was responsible for recruiting many members, including Keith and I and prompting Jean to be the membership secretary. Jean and I have become very close friends of Colin and Eileen.

He retired from sailing some 8 years ago but the Society and our ships truly remained very close to his heart. He would often come down to the Marina , lean on the chain fence and point out things that weren't quite right.

Colin's death comes only a couple of weeks after the death of one of other long time members, Rodney Clapson, who was involved in the restoration and sailing of AMY HOWSON.

Both men were true to the cause and on whom the Society owes a great deal. RIP Colin and Rodney. Our thoughts are with family and friends.

Under the present isolation rules, it is very unlikely that normal funeral arrangements will be held.

Dave Parker, chairman.

An adaptation from the normal sail plan of the Humber sloop was in light winds to use an oversize foresail run up the to...
03/04/2020

An adaptation from the normal sail plan of the Humber sloop was in light winds to use an oversize foresail run up the topmast stay and rigged with a temporary sheet leading back to the after rail or somewhere equally convenient. In modern terms the sail could be described as a Genoa. In this example the captain of cliff ship "Alert" is also using the cog boats sail and mast for a little extra help lashed to the after rail stanchion. The normal fore sail can be seen furled and hoisted up the fore stay, the sheet for the "Genoa" is secured aft and runs under the boom about half way along. Not very proper but effective.
"Alert" O/N 102913 was built at Beverley in 1893 for T H Barraclough. She is being used here to carry chalk from Leggots quarry at South Ferriby for bank repairs and to establish training walls (protective banks of stone or chalk) around eroding banks. This picture could well have been taken as she leaves the quarry jetty loaded as she gets her sails on. Note her dereking pole lashed to the hatches.

An interesting collection of images of Sheffield sloop Zenitha, built at WH Warrens yard New Holland in 1925. Originally...
25/03/2020

An interesting collection of images of Sheffield sloop Zenitha, built at WH Warrens yard New Holland in 1925. Originally built for Foster of Barrow Haven the picture is of her under later ownership and seen here at the staith at South Ferriby Quarry.
(Picture from Dave Mouncey)

25/03/2020

Here's a few pics from our archive.

Our AGM for 2020 has now been cancelled to be complaint with government guidelines. Also as a result of the guidelines t...
21/03/2020
Humber Keel and Sloop

Our AGM for 2020 has now been cancelled to be complaint with government guidelines. Also as a result of the guidelines the society will not be taking any bookings for sailing trips until further notice.
www.keelsandsloops.org.uk

Preservation Society

Our AGM for 2020 has now been cancelled to be compliant with government guidelines. Also as a result of the guidelines t...
01/02/2020

Our AGM for 2020 has now been cancelled to be compliant with government guidelines. Also as a result of the guidelines the society will not be taking any bookings for sailing trips until further notice.
www.keelsandsloops.org.uk

Well it's 2020 and will soon be time to start thinking about getting the ships back into summer trim. Paint and rigging ...
18/01/2020

Well it's 2020 and will soon be time to start thinking about getting the ships back into summer trim. Paint and rigging will have to be attended to and as always help will be needed to get them "ship" shape. As part of the Hull Yorkshires Maritime City Project we will be opening Comrade and Amy Howson for public inspection and bank side exhibitions during the coming year. With support from the project we aim to expand our role as the areas long standing and most prominent historic maritime organisation having over 40 years of experience behind us.
Keep an eye on this page and the web site for details and dates. ⛵

Well it's a bit of a sad day dispite the sun shinning, It's the last trip for Bill Midgley on Comrade as my trusted till...
08/09/2019

Well it's a bit of a sad day dispite the sun shinning, It's the last trip for Bill Midgley on Comrade as my trusted tiller man and all round adviser. Thanks Bill and look after your self. Your welcome back any time. ⛵

Preparing Comrade for a Civic cruise on the Humber this morning.  The Lord Mayor of Hull and his dignitaries all ready t...
07/09/2019

Preparing Comrade for a Civic cruise on the Humber this morning. The Lord Mayor of Hull and his dignitaries all ready to go. After official photo shoot. ⛵

Great News!  Now you can help us to maintain Comrade and Amy Howson by using this direct and secure link to our PayPal d...
30/08/2019
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Great News! Now you can help us to maintain Comrade and Amy Howson by using this direct and secure link to our PayPal donation page. ⛵ Keep Maritime Heritage Afloat! ⛵
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Out on the Humber again this morning with Comrade.
25/08/2019

Out on the Humber again this morning with Comrade.

Thanks for the pictures Paul E Hurst.The good old days of the Hull Shanty Weekend and barge race. (Of sorts)⛵
06/08/2019

Thanks for the pictures Paul E Hurst.The good old days of the Hull Shanty Weekend and barge race. (Of sorts)⛵

Going through my old shipping negatives for scanning to my harddrive when I came across these.
Taken in the early nineties during the Sea Shanty Festival weekend. The photographs show a barge race between Amy Howson, Audrey and Comrade, the race was across the Humber to New Holland and back.
Images unfortunately a little soft due to scanning at 600dpi, the highest my software will allow.

A few pics from Fridays trip onboard Amy Howson from South Ferriby to Hull Marina for the Maritime Festival.
28/07/2019

A few pics from Fridays trip onboard Amy Howson from South Ferriby to Hull Marina for the Maritime Festival.

All set for a better day without the rain at the Hull Folk and Maritime Festival. ⛵
28/07/2019

All set for a better day without the rain at the Hull Folk and Maritime Festival. ⛵

We just penned Amy Howson out of Hull for her return to South Ferriby. ⛵
13/07/2019

We just penned Amy Howson out of Hull for her return to South Ferriby. ⛵

Here's a few shot from Comrade this weekend incuding Rosey Probert sailing along with us for a time.
07/07/2019

Here's a few shot from Comrade this weekend incuding Rosey Probert sailing along with us for a time.

Out this morning with Comrade, full sail but no wind! But we'll manage! ⛵
22/06/2019

Out this morning with Comrade, full sail but no wind! But we'll manage! ⛵

Amy Howson had a loose propeller and suffered a damaged shaft. Still in the dry dock at Beverley awaiting repair and ref...
04/05/2019

Amy Howson had a loose propeller and suffered a damaged shaft. Still in the dry dock at Beverley awaiting repair and refitting. Hopefully back in the water and on her way to Hull in a few days time.

20/04/2019

Comrade penning through Beverley Beck lock ready for a run down to Hull this afternoon. Unfortunately Amy Howson won't be able to join her because of a loose propeller that was found this morning during checks on the drive shaft coupling.

Amy Howson backing down from town end at Beverley Beck to the lock ready for the run down to Hull tomorrow afternoon alo...
19/04/2019

Amy Howson backing down from town end at Beverley Beck to the lock ready for the run down to Hull tomorrow afternoon along with Comrade. ⛵

Comrade on her way to Hull from Beverley last year.
15/04/2019

Comrade on her way to Hull from Beverley last year.

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We've recently been clearing out my grandads Workshop and have come across various boat parts. He was the Whitby Boatbuilder Billy Clarkson. Please see photos for details. These include bails of Oakon, drum of linseed oil, pitch kettle/ladles and pitch, rullock blocks, exhaust Silencers, pulley blocks, copper fuel pipe 5/16, 24kg of galv 5" x 1/8 Square nails, mooring brackets, part of a rudder. We are open to offers for any of it. Collection from Whitby
What I believe to be a Humber Keel passing Conisbrough Castle pre 1900, possibly 1885-90
Long shot here but has anyone heard of a Stanley walster worked barges I believe
Hi I was wondering if anybody could tell me about the barge Claxby I am thinking about buying her because she’s up for sale but looking for any information on her as well as how much roughly would it cost to get her back on to starch to sail and race also how much would a mast and sails cost? She is a iron humble keel
I am the Owner of the 1907 Humber Barge 'John William'. I am just starting work and I am looking for information to assist. If anyone has any information that could help regarding the decks, mast, rigging etc I would be very grateful.
Can anyone help please . This is the wreck of the William and Arthur on the Ouse taken in the 1950s . Does anyone know where it is and what happened to it ? Thanks
Does anyone know any details on the Hull Keel - Sybil? A lot of the old shipping sites I used to use seem to have gone. Looking for information on where built, Owners or skippers if anyone knows where to look or can help please?
Not a sloop or keel but a ww2 ship's lifeboat I'm restoring just had all steel below waterline replaced onto old frames and Keel but some seepage coming from above rivets and below new welded seem not sure how to proceed and I know there is a lot of knowledge and experience here been told trying to build up weld could cause more problems. Been advised paint over with Epoxy or zinga as rest of Hull above water is galvanised from new Any advice would be appreciated. Regards Jason
Hello, I’m Danny Collier, I operate Colliers Boatyard, a modern covered dry-docking facility, located on the river Thames at Isleworth. We offer boatyard services and facilities for boat maintenance and repairs to a variety of vessels, including houseboats, Dutch barges, narrow boats, and passenger vessels. We are open for business and are happy to discuss requirements. Visit our page for a full breakdown of our services (link below). We’d be grateful if you’d share our message with your boat residence. Kind regards, Danny Collier [email protected] www.facebook.com/colliersboatyard
Colin who succeeded Fred Schofield was a great keel and a great friend of mine. Colin had many skills with wood work and engineering, these was all taken in Colin’s stride on a daily basis. His knowledge about boats and keels from around the country was outstanding and I loved listening to his stories. The picture attached was given to me by Colin years ago. I worked with Colin on Comrade many years ago. We faced many challenges working together on Comrade but we adapted and overcame those challenges together. The picture was one of his best doodling’s as Colin would say Rest In Peace Colin
Going through my old shipping negatives for scanning to my harddrive when I came across these. Taken in the early nineties during the Sea Shanty Festival weekend. The photographs show a barge race between Amy Howson, Audrey and Comrade, the race was across the Humber to New Holland and back. Images unfortunately a little soft due to scanning at 600dpi, the highest my software will allow.