Reminder of river’s magical era at Brigg

Amy Howson moored at Glanford Boat Club Brigg this summer. EMN-150714-094107001
Amy Howson moored at Glanford Boat Club Brigg this summer. EMN-150714-094107001

The magical era of the River Ancholme was recalled when the Amy Howson visited Brigg recently.

Her’s is an important story reflecting life on the river over the past 100 years.

Built at Beverley in 1914, by Joseph Scarr, the boat was rigged as a keel and initially named Sophia after his wife.

She was first used for general cargoes including grain to Sheffield, but was sold in 1915 to Ernest Wright who had the keel rig taken out.

Sophia was re-rigged as a sloop and used for shoring work, carrying stone for river bank repairs.

Sold in 1920, her name was changed to ‘I Know’ and she was then used to carry market goods and parcels between Pickwells Wharf, Grimsby, and Hull.

Two years later, she was sold again and was registered in Hull as the Amy Howson, the name of the new owner’s married daughters.

She became a regular visitor to the Yarborough Oil Mills at Brigg, delivering cargoes of maize or oil seed.

Until the 1950s, she was seen regularly on the stretch of the Ancholme up to Brigg, but patterns of trade changed over the next 20 years and in 1973 she was laid up.

Two years later, the Humber Keel and Sloop Preservation Society acquired her and a travelling museum piece she became, but the Amy Howson is still fondly remembered by older residents of Brigg.