Conversion to Hydrogen. I have researched the possibility of converting Daybreak to Hydrogen and have decided that this will not be feasible at the present time because of the lack of suitable arrangements for refuelling. However we are now looking at adding an auxiliary electric drive that will work in parallel with the existing diesel engine. This would facilitate a switch to hydrogen once the appropriate refuelling infrastructure is in place.
Art Project for 2020. The Art project planned for this summer is currently on hold because of the Covid 19 lockdown. We hope to be able to continue with the project as soon as we able to restart the work with local schools. Details of what we are planning are on the Art Project page.
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 History page.
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