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Spider T

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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Updated: April 2016

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Spider T.


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

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.

 Sloop "Amy Howson"

 Sloop "Spider T.

 Keel "Comrade".

 Keel "Daybreak".

 Keel "Southcliffe".

 Keel "Hope".

 Keel "Eden".


The Barton Regatta

Leeboards Explained

Telling The Differance


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Above is the contour drawing of a typical Sheffield size sloop, "Spider T" was built by W H Warren in 1926. The stern section to frame 16 and the forward section from 32 to 38 seem to be the standard hull configuration for this size of sloop, the forward frames 1c to 9c and aft frames 1c to 5c are also of a standard configuration having been repeated on all of the sloop hull plans examined at the Hull Maritime Museum. The depth of hold and the width of the cargo hatch are the only outward variations between vessels.

Spider T, official number 149049 was built at New Holland and launched on 18th January 1926, she was delivered to J J Tomlinson of Thorne on 17th February 1926. With a dead weight of 140 tons and a gross reg tonnage of 70 & 40/100ths she was registered on the British Registry of Ships as 24/1926. Spider was mortgaged to Midland Bank Limited on 12th March 1926 as security on account. That mortgage was discharged on 3rd June 1942. She was later reregistered as a motor barge on 3rd January 1943.
 "Spider T" is sailing again today and is the only Sheffield size of sloop that has been re-rigged.



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