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Spurn Head Anchorage (including Approaches to the River Humber)

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Approach to Spurn Head Anchorage 53:34'.585 N 000:06'.2 E


Admiralty, 1188

Rules & Regulations

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Fierce Tides and Shipping amongst others.

Tidal Data Times & Range

Hull -0050 (Approx) MHWS 6.9m, MHWN 5.5m, MLWN 2.7m, MLWS 1.2m   (links)

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General Description

Spurn Head is the promontory guarding the mouth of the River Humber. ... read more


Any kind of approach to the River Humber needs a good study of the charts...... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Once safely past Spurn Head you will see various moorings and the jetty..... ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update June 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 15th Jun 2022
I reviewed these notes in June 2022. No changes apart from the fact that Spurn Head is now cut off from the mainland at High water.
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Spit now washed over!
Written by Simon Howarth | 27th Jul 2021
The Spurn spit is no longer connected to the "main land" by road. The spit is now washed over at high water and is gradually becoming an island.

The RNLI still maintain their only permanently manned lifeboat at Spurn and it is moored close to the yacht anchorage, perhaps a comfort for some.

The pilot boats still use the jetty from time to time and the "yacht buoy" is still available, those who moor to it say use a long warp to avoid bumping as the tide turns.

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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 10th May 2021
No changes
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Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 23rd Apr 2019
I reviewed these notes in April 2019. I've added the Humber VTS telephone number and replaced the charts. I've also checked that there is still a small yacht buoy there.
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Written by Don Thomson | 31st Mar 2017
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2017. have added up-to-date charts but no other changes
Written by mudpilot | 18th Sep 2015
For the perfectionists. Following replacement of the Tetney Pipe Line the updated Monobuoy Posn.
53 32.364N 00 06.760E. (source Humber.Com)
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 12th Mar 2015
These notes were reviewed and updated by Don in March 2015.
Written by mudpilot | 25th Dec 2013
Hawkins Point.

If wind from the NW to NE you may prefer to anchor close in to Hawkins Point for a quieter anchorage than off the Spurn Pilot Jetty.

If you require the flood to go up River. Bestt leave this location LW Immingham + 1 hour. The ebb runs for about 45 mins. after "book" LW Immingham.

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Written by mudpilot | 22nd Jul 2013
Regarding the anchorage used by a few local boats inside Whitton Island, between Brough and Market Weighton Locks. On spring spring tides a bore tide can occur. I've experienced such when the tidal range at Blacktoft is in the region of 6.0m. The height of the incoming tide is not as per the larger one experienced on the Trent. But the speed and sound of it's approach can be impressive. Best ensure you're anchor gear's reliable if intending to anchor in this area. I've gone from sat on the mud heading in to afloat heading out and gear at full stretch in seconds.
Written by mudpilot | 26th Apr 2013
For info. There's a 500m exclusion zone around the SBM.
Oil tankers discharging on the SBM will be in the region of 245m loa. With a tug made fast aft throughout his stay. The tug and his towing gear stretched will be another 50m+.

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