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Humber Sloop – Origins

Developed from keels in the eighteenth century, the Humber sloop was designed to sail efficiently in the river’s shoal-ridden open estuarial waters, and to make coastal passages. With heavily built clinker hulls constructed first in timber, later in iron and steel, sloops carried a gaff rigged main sail and triangular fore sail. This fore-and-aft rig […]

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Humber Keel – Origins

  As a sailing craft, the Humber keel is probably descended from the Saxon long ship of the 5th or 6th century despite the more publicized notion that they are descendants of the much later Viking ships: the word keel is derived from the Anglo-Saxon kiol, and in Old English ceol, which directly translates to keel; Relating to […]

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40th Anniversary Event

After all the preparation by a few dedicated members the event was suddenly upon us. COMRADE and AMY HOWSON were already moored at Ferriby Sluice, Alan Gardiner brought PHYLLIS over from Barrow Haven on Wednesday 20 July and that evening we held our final meeting to make sure everything was in hand for the weekend. […]

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