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Humber Diamond Jubilee Flotilla

04 June 2012


In 1897 the Humber Estuary was the venue for a flotilla in celebration of 60 years of Queen Victoria’s reign. One Hundred and fifteen years later the communities of the Humber will again have a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of history by forming a flotilla of 60 vessels including merchantmen, pleasure craft, and heritage class boats in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

With the support of the Harbour Master Humber, Captain PJ Cowing, Mr Peter Hill Bridge Master Humber Bridge, Hessle Town Council, Barton upon Humber Town Council, North Ferriby Parish Council, South Ferriby Parish Council and the Rt Honourable Alan Johnson MP, the Humber Diamond Jubilee Committee is coordinating the Humber Diamond Jubilee Flotilla. The parade of sail, will take place at approximately 18:00hrs on 4th June 2012, as part of the National Lighting of Beacons event.      


Hessle Town Council 2012.



The 1907 Humber Sloop PHYLLIS, flag Ship in the Humber Diamond Jubilee Flotilla, was responsible for the official representatives to the City of Hull, the towns of Hessle, Barton upon Humber and Brough together with the villages of South and North Ferriby, she flew the standard of the Lord Mayor of Hull and Admiral of the Humber, together with those of the represented districts.

The 1923 Humber Keel COMRADE, sponsored for the Humber Diamond Jubille Flotilla by P&O Ferries, represented the earliest form of working craft. Square-rigged Keels were the waterways' workhorses for over five hundred years and the Humber Keel and Sloop Preservation Society have cared for her for over thirty-eight years.




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   Preparing Comrade with flags and bunting in Hull Marina     -LC         Our sponsors, P&O Ferries, banners in position                    -LC


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   Following Sobriety and flagship Phyllis                                    -LC          Leading the rest of the flotilla,T W Prickett                             -LC

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   Heading to the muster point                                                        -LC         Comrade's flags earned her 'Best Dressed Vessel'               -LC


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   Comrade viewed from Phyllis                                                     -AG          Comrade followed by fire boats                                               -AG


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   Comrade flags galore and banners too                                     -AG          Fire boats make a spectacular display                                   -AG


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   Comrade viewed from the foreshore                                          -NC           RAF Seaking Rescue helicopter led the way                     -NC



Photos by:

LC - Lisa Chafer

AG - Alan Gardiner

NC - Nick Crohn




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