Thinking of visiting us at Hull Marina? We are sorry to disappoint but both HMS Pickle and Spider T are now away as we develop our next exciting step to bring history alive. Stay tuned and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Fleet News Update November 2018

Fleet News Update November2018

As the winter season is now well underway, our Historic Motor and Sail Captain brings you the latest news from the HMS fleet.

Mal Nicholson, Captain, Historic Motor and Sail

Mal onboard Pickle


HMS Pickle has had a fantastic summer and is now under winter maintenance and repairs. She is sheeted down and well underway with timber removal and replacement in the Chart Room and my en-suite shower and heads with the dividing wall being removed to access ribs and support timbers in need of repair/ replacement.

Courtesy of Barry and John.

The plumbing and Engine Room reorganisation is well underway with a new calorifier of 91 litre capacity rather than the 19 litre which worked well but too small.

Courtesy of Ken and Roger with Mike John M and senior and junior Masons helping out everywhere.

A team effort removed the two Tops’le yards and gaffs to be overhauled in BWML’s Open Shed.

The Perkins 400 series unused engine and gearbox is now up for sale.

Spider T

Spider T meanwhile is being re rigged for sailing again with new halyards and man ropes repairs to the wheelhouse and repainted areas making her look quite smart.

The engine has been started and generator has been started with a good check over generally.

The Motor Fleet

The Dino (Duchess) has developed a very serious problem from running beautifully one minute to rattling the next. Strip down this week has identified the problem being a valve seat dropping out and bending a valve but luckily no serious damage done.

The V8 Alfa Montreal is now up and running needing a good setup and service.

Meanwhile one of the Fleet Motorcycles a James from the 1950’s is getting attention to see if it can be started after 40 years.

Historic Motor and Sail

The shop is now open on the website at

I hope you enjoy the update and photos, many thanks to all volunteers and supporters with special thanks to our sponsors Teamac Paints and BWML Marinas.

Best wishes


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