Rock of Ages GY835 is a 34ft Gostelow smack built in 1905.

Clinker built double ender, larch on oak. Built for Grimsby owners for crabbing and shrimping, registered GY835. Dimensions 34′ x 10′ 6″ x 4′. At some point she was fitted with a Kelvin 2 cylinder TVO 15BHP engine. Sold to Hull in 1959, then to Richard Griffiths and Eric Hammond in 1961, who fished her for a year, and then sold to Hessle, where she laid for the next 26 years. Bought again by Eric Hammond, in a derelict state, in 1988, she was restored with the assistance of Phil Kennedy as shipwright.

Now sailed for fun, she has sails by J Lawrence and Gayle Heard, and is now fitted with a 60BHP diesel. Campaigned around the Humber at various regattas, she is remarkably fast, comfortable and well mannered.

Rock of Ages, GY835 in dock at Grimsby, 8th March 1957.

Inshore fishing vessel the ‘Rock of Ages’, on the Humber near the Humber Bridge. Built in Boston in 1905.