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.

Monday, 11 January 2010

New flooring for the kitchen

Simon's put a new floor in the kitchen and main living area.  He's a good man!   
He was given all these weathered scaffolding boards which had been left unwanted and uncared for under a massive bramble.   
They were completely green with algae when found and he's sanded them all back and fitted them on the boat.  
It was a lot of work, but he's justifiably proud of himself right now.   

Beer o'clock then.

1 comment:

Kamikaze Kitten said...

Lookin' good! It's looking better and better every time we see it!