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Sloop Plans

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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HYC Print

This print with sketches of sloop's sailing on various parts of the Humber has been taken from the HYC (Humber Yawl Club) year book of 1903 drawn by George Holmes and appears in the book "The Humber" by Anthony V Watts (ISBN 0 905490 11 8). It has very good references to the hull lines that show the shape of the early turn of the century steel Humber sloop. The long run aft and round bow that are present on Phyllis can be seen here.

The lines show the contours of the hull and are very representative of Phyllis's hull shape. The print shows a vessel of 68 ft long with a beam of 17 ft 3" and a depth of hold of 8 ft 3" built by W.L Scarr for Mr John Deheer of Hull in 1903, she was called "Autumn". Being a foot wider and deeper than Phyllis she would have been capable of carrying in the region of 170 tons of cargo. The sailing rig also shows the sail arrangement with boomed fore sail and loose footed main as depicted by the exaggerated curve on the foot of the sails on the drawing. A light jackyard topsail is shown and this would have been the preferred sail arrangement for sloops working in the Humber and along its tributaries, the Ouse and Trent at that time. The sail dimensions given in the top left corner of the print are almost the same as those on Phyllis and I was very pleased to see this print after the sails for Phyllis had been ordered. We had also worked out that the main sail would require 13 mast hoops as shown on the print, Kath wouldn't have 13 so Phyllis has 14.

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.
If you have any comments or questions on the content of the site or would like to add something to it regarding any of the sloops we would also like to hear from you.



Interesting Links

Adlingfleet Side
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.
Brilliant Star

Rodney Clapson

Richlow Books

Sailing Barge Research

West Country Keels

Waterways of the Humber
By Christine Richardson.

Barges and Docks

Sheffield Ships.

Adlingfleet Almost 20 years after the building of Phyllis, Adlingfleet has been built to slightly different lines but is the nearest in terms of size that we have any plans for at the Hull Maritime Museum. The plans for the other, some earlier, sloops that are in the collection have a varied amount of papers and detailed drawings showing deck fittings and the plate layouts of the ships including some with the machinery drawings. As well as the Humber sloop plans that are in the collection there are also a number of Sheffield sloops among them. The deck fitting details on all the plans are very good and I was looking to find any details of the bow sprit fastenings and possibly any halliard cleats that would have been an indication of being built for a cutter rig, the leeboard head chain position that is drawn on the plans would also have indicated the use of a bow sprit. I didn't really expect to find any as all the documents are for vessels after WW1, but it does however substantiate the theory that the topsail and therefore the cutter rigged sloops had gone by around 1910 (With the exception perhaps of some old wooden market sloops) as indicated by John Frank in his publication by Nicholas J Day; "Bricks and Sail", ( ISBN 1 874098 01 8). Despite this fact, after talking to and sailing with a few of the "Old Hands" in my 25 years with the Humber Keel & Sloop Preservation Society I know that some more adventurous skippers would often rig their own summer sails after obtaining a discarded foresail or a handy piece of canvas that would maybe make a jib or topsail. One common practice was to temporarily and in light winds step the cog boats mast and sail on the rudder stock or against the after rail, this I suppose would technically speaking make the sloop into a yawl.
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 Keel "Comrade".

 Keel "Daybreak".

 Keel "Southcliffe".

 Keel "Hope".

 Keel "Eden".


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Below are examples of what plans are available and information that can be gathered from them and other documents which are held at the Hull Maritime Museum and Hull History Centre.  
Click on the pictures for a better view and a short explanation of the vessels.

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