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Welcome to the Humber Keel and Sloop Preservation Society.

Our AGM for 2020 has been cancelled to safeguard peoples safety and to comply with Government guidelines.

 As a result of the Covid-19 guidelines we will not be taking any bookings for sailings until further notice.  The situation will of course put a serious strain on the society finances and if you feel that you could make a donation to the society to help ease that strain please do so using the donation button on this page.

Comrade is  now in Hull marina, Amy Howson is at South Ferriby. If you would like to volunteer and help maintain and sail our ships please contact us. Anyone from carpenter to prospective captain will be welcome.  Both ships will shortly be undergoing winter maintenance.

HKSPS are Proud to be a partner in the Hull Yorkshire’s Maritime City project.

Our volunteers would be grateful for any help that you could give towards the cost of maintenance and fixed costs that we incur on an annual basis such as moorings, insurance, fuel, safety equipment and essential repairs.  Every donation goes wholly to the upkeep of our two National Historic Fleet ships. Comrade and Amy Howson.

Please click on our PayPal Donations button below. Every little helps. All donations are Gift Aid eligible. Thank you

 The society archive comprising of photographs, documents and artefacts has now been entrusted to the Hull History Centre 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.

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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.  

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

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


COMRADE and AMY HOWSON will be on their way down the River Hull to Hull marina Saturday 20th April at approx 15:30. Come and see us negotiate the bridges along the way and bring your camera!

Volunteers are welcome to help prepare and maintain Amy Howson and Comrade during the winter season. call Kieth on 01482 782917 for details.    Where are they?                                                                    Comrade, Hull Marina.   Amy Howson, South Ferriby.