2021 is turning into a quiet year for Daybreak, as Sally and I have been busy with other projects. However we are planning an upriver cruise later in the summer.
Historical research I am continuing my research into the origins and history of keels. A presentation that I had prepared for a talk before the Covid 19 crisis is now on the Humber keel page. I am also using some of the research to help with the museum being created aboard the Humber keel Comrade.
Daybreak is a fully rigged Humber keel and we believe she was the last vessel to be built in the UK to carry cargo under sail. The Humber keel is a square rigged sailing barge, the origins of which date back to medieval cargo vessels. Daybreak is owned by Tony and Sally Woodward who bought her in 1979 and have restored her to sail and converted the hold to provide living accommodation. Daybreak sails regularly on the Thames and on the east coast.
National Historic Ship Number: 1834
British Registered Ship No: 163174
Builder: Richard Dunston Ltd. Thorne
Date Built: 1934
Owners: Tony & Sally Woodward