Here are some links to other websites that might be of interest



Video of Daybreak and Comrade sailing

National Historic Ships

Humber Keel and Sloop Preservation Society

Humber Packet Boats

Yorkshire Waterways Museum

Newark Heritage Barge

Norfolk Wherry Trust

Sea Change Trust


Other Humber Vessels

Humber Sloop Phyllis

Humber Keel Hope

Humber Sloop Spider T

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  1. Dear Tony and Sally
    I am in the process of trying to refit and convert an old Sheffield Keel called Drake, into a home for myself. Drake is a ship of very indistinct origins no matter how much I research her through the various online forums. The best information that I have of her is that she carried coal for Waddingtons in the 70’s and that she may have been built in Doncaster around 1912.
    In searching online though I have come across your beautiful boat and the work you do with her. In relation to that, the question I have might seem a rather prosaic, it is about the colours that you have used to paint her. Do you have RAL or BS numbers for the hull colours that you could share with me?

    with thanks

    Matthew Ruscombe-King

    • Hi Matthew,
      Good to hear from you. Funnily enough I was talking with Stefan Fritz the other day and he mentioned your ship. Have you been in touch with the Humber Keel & Sloop Preservation Society? They have a large archive and may have more information about Drake. The colours we have used are not the ones she would have been painted, but in conversation with Fred Schofield he told us that owners chose their own colours, although shades of either green or blue were the most popular. As Waddingtons bought up more and more keels increasing numbers were painted in the Waddingtons blue colour scheme. Over the years we have found colours that we like. We use paint from Teamac, a Hull based firm and they are ‘Red Oxide’ and ‘Mast’ on their colour chart. We use chlorinated rubber paint, which unfortunately they have to mix this especially for us. However they do these colours in their marine gloss as standrad. I haven’t got their colour chart with me at the moment, but if you ask for one it will have the RAL or BS numbers. Daybreak is currently in Goole on the Aire & Calder. We will be cruising around on the canals over the winter, but if you would like to visit we would be happy to meet you.

      • Tony
        Thank you for this and yes I would love to meet up with you one day. At the moment though with Drake in Falmouth and living on Dartmoor as I do, goole seems a very long way away… Perhaps later in the year when the weather is warmer and Drake a bit further on in her restoration.
        Thanks again


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