Amy Howson

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Amy Howson – Society History – 1990’s

1990 – New Foresail, Shanties and Race Revival During winter maintenance Charlie and Cyril had great difficulty unbolting the shuts to needle gun and wire brush the frames and floors. New cement was laid where it had crumbled during work to the outside of the hull and all the metalwork well painted. To avoid a struggle […]

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Fully rigged and waiting at the lock gates at South Ferriby

Amy Howson – Society History – 1980’s

1980 – The York adventure and stepping the mast Leaving South Ferriby on the early flood at 0530, June 1, AMY HOWSON had commenced another busy season of  Open Days, Charters and Fund-raising visits. She reached Torksey by 1100 and, taking her time on the Fossdyke Navigation, berthed at Lincoln at 1545 hours. Once again […]

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Moored at Barton Haven following recent purchase

Amy Howson – Society History – 1970’s

1975 – Sloop Committee formed and the search for a suitable ship Membership of the Society had grown steadily and, with 41 of the Society’s 100 members living on the South Bank, it was decided to call a public meeting at the Angel Hotel in Brigg on March 1, to see what interest there was in […]

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Amy Howson – Society History – Intro

With suitable ships in short supply, the purchase of the Humber Sloop AMY HOWSON in 1976 came with a sigh of relief from the Sloop Committee. Five years of fund-raising and restoration saw her returned to sail in 1981, since then thousands of miles have been covered under sail and power, thousands of visitors and […]

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Heading past New Holland Pier for another load from King George Dock - Amy Howson in the mid-1960's

Amy Howson – Working History

Built at Beverley in 1914 by Joseph Scarr & Sons for George Robert Scaife of Beverley, rigged as a keel and named SOPHIA after his wife. She was used for general cargoes including grain to Sheffield and other canal wharves, carrying coal back to Hull and Beverley. She was built to what is known as […]

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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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