Humber Keels Part I

By John Frank, published November 1955


The Humber Keel is supposed to be descended from the oldest line of sailing ships in this country. The length and breadth of the vessel were governed by the size of the locks through which it had to trade. They were known as Sheffield size, Manvers size, Barnsley size, Driffield size, and so on. The vessel carried a fair amount of gear for handling the ship. It was a work of art to sail a keel well. It has now become a lost art. There is not much difference between the weight of the rig and the weight of an engine. All keels and sloops now have either engines or are made into lighters and are towed about.

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Filed under: North Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Miscellaneous | Shipbuilding & Design

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