The Humber sloop Amy Howson was built in 1914 at Joss Scarr’s yard at Beverley for George Robert “Cuckoo” Scaife, and first named Sophia, after his wife. The iron hull was built to Sheffield size of sixty one feet six length and fifteen feet six beam, with a hold capable of carrying up to a hundred tons of cargo. Originally rigged as a keel, Sophia worked the coal trade between the West Riding and Beverley.
Sold to Gouldthorpe, Wright and Scott in 1916, the ship was renamed I Know and rerigged as a sloop by Clapsons of Barton. Initially carrying chalk and stone for the bank protection works on the lower Humber estuary, she later worked the general market and parcel trade between Grimsby and Hull.
In 1924 the ship was bought by W H Barraclough and renamed Amy Howson, for one of his daughters. From then, Amy Howson carried oil seed to Yarborough Oil Mills at Brigg, chemicals to Barton on Humber and Howden Dyke as well as general cargo like grain from King George Dock in Hull to Sheffield, returning with coal to Hull.
Moored at King’s Staithe.