The Amy Howson - A Sailing Barge On York's River Ouse by AARDVARK

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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.

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  • Maggieposh
    Maggieposhabout 6 years ago

    This is a shot i would loved to of taken..You have done a great job with this shot..Miss p

  • Many thanks MP. It’s a welcome change for me to find something other than water birds to photograph!


  • GraemesDesigns
    GraemesDesignsabout 6 years ago

    Think she still can be rigged as a Humber Keel. One of my great grandads used to repair these on the south bank somewhere until the mid 1920’s Super to catch her with sails up.

  • Thanks Graeme and thanks for the familly connection. The boat with it’s sail up was a great find, currently it is doing a “world tour” of The Humber and The Ouse.


  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayabout 6 years ago

    Love this Aardi, so much history in the ship, narrative and surrounds, those buildings & chimeney pots even too .. gorgeous!

  • And your “favourite” Indian (The Taj) is just next door! Many thanks.


  • amarica
    amaricaabout 6 years ago

    Well done Aardvark…

  • Thanks again A.


  • Els Steutel
    Els Steutelabout 6 years ago

    drying his sails in the harbour….beauty of a shot:)

  • Many thanks Els.


  • Tatiana R
    Tatiana Rabout 6 years ago

    Love the red sails, nice shot!

  • Thanks Andromedae and nice to hear from you again.


  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 6 years ago

    Great image and history.

  • Thanks again Rosalie.


  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayabout 6 years ago

    Do you know I was going to put “is The Taj next door”!!!


  • Methinks I must do a photo study of the Taj!!!


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