Invitation: Humber history book launch on the Spider T, 19th December from 11am-6pm

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Super Sloop Spider T in full sail

Humber sloop Spider T in full sail

Waterways and traditional boat enthusiasts including readers are invited to a pre-Christmas maritime exhibition and book-signing on board the Humber sloop Spider T, on Sunday, 19th December.

Journalist and writer Chris Horan will be signing copies of his new book Humber Sail and History: Riverside and Waterways Tales – Part 1.

The 208-page picture-packed volume features the restoration of Humber vessels to sail, the history of the river through the ages from ancient craft to the heyday of sloops and keels, and the demise of the ferry boats, which co-incided with the opening of the Humber Bridge.

New Holland-built Spider T will be open from 11am to 6pm on a mooring on the Stainforth to Keadby Canal at Keadby, and will also feature waterways paintings by artist Lesley Everatt.

Tea, coffee and mince pies will be available on the vessel, which will be decked out with festive lighting. Further details available from vessel owners Mal and Val Nicholson on 01724 783506.

If you’re in the area it sounds like a fun outing and the book sounds terrific. If you’re not, a quick check of the Amazon site reveals that they’re taking orders in advance of publication: Humber Sail and History: Riverside and Waterways Tales.

For more on the Spider T story, click here for posts and here for the Spider T website.

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