The Humber Keel & Sloop Preservation Society is a registered charity No 503747.

You can now use this link to help support the society. Even a small donation will help us to maintain our vessels for another season.  Click our Icon below.

Once again our AGM will be at the Waters Edge Visitors Centre at Barton upon Humber DN18 5JR.Item image

Saturday 23rd March 2019…… More details to follow.


Our 2019 Sailing dates will be published when available, Please see our Sailing Dates page.

 The society archive comprising of photographs, documents and artifacts has now been entrusted to the Hull History Center and will be made available as an educational and study resource for all and sundry who requires information concerning the sloops and keels influence on our regions growth from the Saxon to the Viking period, through to the industrial revolution and into the 1970’s..                                                                  

Slabline Archive.  A selection taken from volume’s 1-40                                                     regularly added. 

Society Archive Hand Over to Hull History Centre.


Thank you for the continued support to all our members and friends. Your input is a valuable tool to ensure the progress of the society and ensure the future of our vessels. If any member, or perspective member feels that they could help with the society in terms of its publicity, promotional events, fund raising or can help with maintenance and crewing of our vessels please use the contact facility to get in touch with our chairman.

Our two vessels are of a type that was once a familiar sight in the docks of Hull and on the river’s Humber, Trent and Ouse. It is with these type of sailing barge that produce and raw materials were transported throughout our region from the 12th century.  It is the Societies aim to preserve them in as near to original working condition as possible while being able to demonstrate the traditional skills required to maintain these unique historic vessels we can also show their sailing ability out on the river with up to 12 passenger to enjoy the experience.

The value and importance as examples of the regions historic vessels is reflected in their inclusion into the National Historic Fleet.                                                                    


Two Keels on the Humber – COMRADE and DAYBREAK sailing together in September 2014



COMRADE and AMY HOWSON are now based for the winter in Beverley.

Volunteers are welcome to help prepare and maintain Amy Howson and Comrade during the winter season. call Kieth on 01482 782917 for details.

AMY HOWSON & COMRADE – Beverley Beck.