Super sloop to take part in regatta


A VESSEL which was a showpiece at the Arbroath Sea Fest last August, and part of the Bell Rock Lighthouse 200th anniversary celebrations, will be among ships in Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Regatta on the River Thames on June 3.

The Humber super sloop Spider T, built at New Holland on the Humber across the river from Hull, was also an attraction on a visit to Arbroath in 2008. The vessel will be representing her home county of Lincolnshire in the regatta.

Owner and skipper Mal Nicholson, of Burringham near Scunthorpe, said: “We had more than 2,000 people come on board to view the delightful Edwardian interior while in Arbroath and we felt we were very much welcomed by the community.

“It was a great honour to be asked to represent our own county and hope the welcome on the Thames will be as good as that in Arbroath.”

“We don’t know exactly where we will be in the flotilla as yet as details are still being worked out.”

The afternoon of Sunday, June 3, will see 1,000 boats gather on the River Thames in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It will be the largest flotilla in modern times on the river with rowing boats, working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes beautifully dressed with streamers and Union Jacks, stretching for an estimated 12 miles.

Spider T, was built at Warren’s shipyard New Holland on the Humber in 1926 for John Joseph Tomlinson of Thorne, who operated out of Hull,

It is the last remaining Humber ‘super sloop’ a sail powered cargo vessel from 1926.

Mal commented: “ I feel truly honoured that the Spider T has been chosen. She reflects the heritage of our region and is a testament to the shipbuilding skills on the Humber and in particular the men from Warren’s Shipyard in Lincolnshire who built her and the genius of Frederick Warren who designed her.