Thomas H is a Sheffield Class Humber Keel Barge.

She was built in 1940 by Richard Dunston Ltd., Thorne, Yorkshire.

She was one of two sister ships commissioned by the Hodgsons Tannery at Beverley Beck on the Humber, where she worked for many years. Her sister ship was called Richard after the other Hodgson bother.

She was never under sail, at the time she was built the government was subsidising the building of motor driven barges.

She is extra wide beam at 15.5 feet and she is 62.5 feet long.

We bought her in early 2006 through Alan Pease in Goole and roped him into emptying the various tanks and debris she had in her at the time, decking over her open hold, replacing the unusable Lister engine and generally get her onto working order for the trip down from Goole around the coast to the Thames. Then, we got him to pilot her down too.

This is a belated attempt to diary the ups and downs of our journey so far.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Archive photos of Thomas working on the rivers

Here're some old photos from when Brian Hunt (above) had Thomas working on the Trent and Humber in the 70s & 80s.
Brian and two friends bought Thomas from the company they used to work for and used her to perform repairs and maintenance around Goole docks and further up and down river.

They welded in a frame on which they put a small crane with which to perform many miracles (the main miracle being that they didn't end up badly injured if the tales of daring do are to be believed!).
Thomas rescues a friend in need. Preparing for the ballast going in. The wheel house before it was enclosed.
The tide goes out...
...and out
... and then comes in again really rather suddenly!

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