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This is the story behind the 1907 Humber sloop that was to help fight two wars and join the search for the Loch Ness monster.

Phyllis 1907. Loa 68ft, Beam16ft.4, Draft 7ft.4, Official Number 124785. Yard Number 60. Sail Number 26148.

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Site created May 2009

By Kath Jones & Alan Gardiner.

If anyone has any memories of working for James Barraclough or have a story about working on Phyllis or any of the Barraclough barges we would like to hear from you.
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 Above. This is a copy of the 1907 surveyors calculations of Phyllis based on the measurements taken at specific points on her hull to calculate tonnage and then transformed into cubic metres to calculate area. From the calculations done on 20th August 1907 we can see that "Phyllis" was 72.17 tons and with deductions for crew space she a registered tonnage of 61.05. Note that measurements are given by the surveyor in feet and decimals of feet rather than feet and inches. These calculations would also provide the detail to produce tonnage plates that would indicate the amount of cargo she was carrying. The plates mounted on the stem and stern posts were incremented in tons, the figures from fore and aft were added together and then halved to find out how much cargo was being carried. This is what the owners where paid on. Note the stamp at top left, this appears to be a registered sail number which has the stamp of the Board of Trade.

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Interesting Links

Humber Keel & Sloop Preservation Society.

National Historic Ships Reg.

Thames Barges

Goole Waterways Museum.
Dutch Barge Association.
In The Boat Shed.
Humber Packet Boats.
Leicester Trader.
Humber Yawl Club.
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Richlow Books

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West Country Keels

Waterways of the Humber
By Christine Richardson.

Barges and Docks

Sheffield Ships.

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 Keel "Comrade".

 Keel "Daybreak".

 Keel "Southcliffe".

 Keel "Hope".

 Keel "Eden".


The Barton Regatta

Leeboards Explained

Telling The Differance


Above. Both the masters cabin and the boswains cabin are calculated for area of tonnage and deducted from the gross tonnage. The area required to store the sails in is also taken into account and used in the deductions of allowances on the gross tonnage, as can be seen 1.80 tons are deducted for Phyllis's sails. That doesn't mean they weighed that much, it's the area they would take up.

Warren Letter

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Above. This letter is to the Board of Trade Surveyor from James Barraclough Co Ltd asking for "sufficient air and light to be added to give the minimum net tonnage". This seems to be referring to the area required for the engine space that may not have been taken into consideration on the initial calculations after having the engine fitted. we believe the engine was fitted earlier (c1939) but Phyllis wasn't reregistered with it until 1943. The stamp in the top left corner is from The Ministry of War Transport Marine Division.

Reg Cert 1962
Left. The British Ships Registry certificate from 1962 when Phyllis underwent an engine change. At top right of the certificate is the previous registration numbers and dates from when she was built and on the fitting of her original engine registered in 1943. On the right hand side of the engine detail part of the certificate is her calculated speed with the new Lister, 6knts.
 Her description here being a "Single screw motor ship" is a far cry from her hay day as a proud Humber sloop.


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