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Spider T sailing on the Humber, winter 2010

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We wish readers of every religious creed and none all the best happiness this holiday season can bring.

And, for the new year, let’s hope 2011 will be a time in which hope, optimism and an idealism that is generous to others replaces the sordid selfishness and tribalism we usually see so much of. If not, we’ll just have to fix up or build boats and go sailing…

The splendid photos above are of the Humber sloop Spider-T. At the beginning of loast year I did not imagine that any such craft still existed, so owner Mal Nicholson’s email in January was one of the year’s boat-related high points. For several informative posts about Spider T, click here.

The photo by Dave Everett below is of the inaugural evening of one of Mal’s newest enterprises, the The Old Maritime Secret Supper Club with various boaty people from the region including folks from the Humber Keel and Sloop Preservation Society and the Humber Yawl Club. There’s a nice piece about it in the online magazine Towpath talk. Thanks for the photos and the information Mal and Dave!

Spider T winter 2010


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.

Humber sloop Spider T gets a new riveted panel – and passes inspection

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Riveting Spider T panel

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Mal Nicholson has just had had Humber sloop Spider T in dry dock for two months, during which and colleagues replaced a 14ft plate in her port side using old fashioned riveting techniques.

‘I have had all the special equipment made, produced test pieces and then trained a team of five men to carry out the work,’ he says. ‘The results were first class results and have passed the marine surveyors inspection.’

Well done fellas! Click on the links to see video of the process from inside and from outside Spider T’s hull.

For more posts relating to the Humber sloop Spider T, click here.