Ship ready to take its place in jubilee party

DIAMOND DATE: The Spider T seen here passing under the Humber Bridge. Picture: Patrick Hill

DIAMOND DATE: The Spider T seen here passing under the Humber Bridge. Picture: Patrick Hill

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HISTORIC Humber super sloop The Spider T will proudly take its place in this year’s Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

The ship - which is based at Keadby Lock - will be one of a thousand boats gathered on the River Thames to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on June 3.

It will be the largest flotilla in modern times with rowing boats, working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes to be decorated with streamers and Union Jacks.

This is expected to stretch for twelve and a half miles with the flotilla sailing alongside the Queen and other members of the Royal Family aboard the Royal Barge, The Spirit of Chartwell.

Spider T was built at Warren’s shipyard, New Holland, on the Humber, in 1926 and its current owner, Mal Nicholson, said he was “truly honoured” to hear she had been chosen for the pageant.

He added: “She reflects the heritage of our region and is a testament to the ship building 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.”

The Spider T will leave Keadby, sail along the Trent and Humber and travel via Grimsby, Harwich and one more eastern port before entering the Thames Estuary ahead of the pageant.

Added Mal: “I would also like to pay a tribute for all the help and hard work by many people who have helped bring this once derelict vessel back to life as living history and to rightfully take her place on the National Historic Fleet.”