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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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Updated: April 2016

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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.
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


Launched at New Holland in January of 1925 the plan views of Sheffield sloop "VI" (short for Violet) gives alot of information regarding the general layout of these size of sloops. Aft and forward cabin details, chain plate positions and winding gear as well as frame spacing are here to see.

VI, official number 148421 launched on 12th January 1925, gross reg tonnage 69 & 44/100ths, dead weight of 140 tons. She was built for Markham & Jackson of Hull. On the Register of British Ships, number 12/1925 she was transferred to C Markham & Son Limited on 5th November 1926. Then to Lincoln & Hull Water Transport Company Limited on 22nd December 1930, then it seems "VI" was mortgaged to C Markham & Son Limited on the same day for the sum of 9000. She sank near to West Walker Dyke Jetty (Upper Humber) in October of 1935 and later re-floated. Her mortgage was discharged on 12th February 1947 and Lincoln & Hull Water Transport Company Limited then sold her to Good Havercroft & Company Limited on 18th April 1950. The sailing register was closed on 27th May 1952 on the installation of a motor, her name was changed to "Smithywood" at the same time.

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