Local interest at our next Railwayana and maritime Auction

Posted On: 06 May 2022 by Barbara Spicer

Coming up on 13th May 2022 we are bringing local history to the sale room and the canal! We are pleased to announce that the Wallingfen Coracle Men will be 'messing about on the river' whilst the auction takes place. Open to the public to view the coracles and watch the auction.



The Coracle Men and local history at Spicer's Auctioneers


We're excited to have the coracle men visit whilst the auction is running, paddling their bowl shaped boats around the canal as we work through the Lots!

The coracle - also known as the currach, bull boat, quffa, parasil - is a small, keel-less boat. Their main uses has always been as a means for fishing or transportation. Today, certainly within Europe, their main use tends to be recreational, although in Wales a number of licences exist to permit use as a fishing vessel. In other parts of the world, particularly the Middle and Far East, they are still used for their original purpose - as a workboat for fishing or transportation. The coracle has a long history spanning thousands of years, evidenced in cave paintings of their use from the early Bronze Age and perhaps as far back as the Ice Age. The coracle is likely to be the first form of water transportation.

To find out more visit their website The Coracle Men


Harry Hudson Rodmell (1896-1984) poster for the Associated Humber Shipping Lines titled 'The Continent via Hull and Goole', published by British Railways (North Eastern Region) 59, printed by Jordanson & Co. Ltd., London and Middlesborough, 100 x 125cm.  Estimate £250-£300


An N.E.R station lamp from the former Airmyn-Rawcliffe, complete with original glass and wall bracket, 68 x 37 cm. Estimate £60-£80

 Airmyn-Rawcliffe station was on the Selby to Goole line, the station was opened by the North Eastern Railway on 1 May 1912 as Airmyn and Rawcliffe. It became part of the London and North Eastern Railway under the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. It was renamed on 12 June 1961 to Airmyn.


A builder's half-block plating model for the trawler H362 Artic Freebooter, built at Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd., for Boyd Line Ltd., Hull, 1965, the hull carved from laminated pine, painted white with technical manuscript and specification overall, 153 x 14 x 22cm.  £400/600

Provenance: Our vendors Uncle was a chalker at the yard until it closed in 1984, he was given them as a leaving present, then by descent. The stern freezer trawler saw service until 1987 when she was renamed Lord Shackleton and used as a safety vessel, then renamed Shackleton in 1993 as a salvage vessel, in 1998 she became Al Raya 1 and was broken up in India in 2004.  There are also two others, Thuntank 5, built at Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd., for Thun Tankers Ltd., London, 1970, and Alacrity, built at Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd., for Everard & Sons Ltd., London, 1966, as well as over 100 local history postcards.