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    Weʼve raised £1,615 to to begin urgent repairs to the Scottish Fisheries Museum flagship Reaper following damage at Johnshaven harbour on August 5th 2016.

    Anstruther, United Kingdom
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    Reaper FR958, the 113 year old Fifie Herring Drifter, the seagoing flagship of the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, has been damaged whilst attending the Johnshaven Harbour Festival. Just before opening to Festival visitors, a sudden gust of wind on her big red foresail led to mooring tackles snapping and she then fell onto her port side. A crew member was injured but is now thankfully recovering at home. Before being righted the rapidly rising tide led to Reaper taking in water, and it was 48 hours before she was back on an even keel. The Museum Trustees and Boats Club are very grateful to all those in the local community, the emergency services and others for their tremendous care and support.

    The Museum Trustees, its naval architects and marine surveyors had scheduled a major 25 year refit of Reaper for late 2017 onwards to maintain the boat's continued seagoing capability that enables it to deliver the Museum's outreach activities to coastal communities around Scotland and the North of England. The damage incurred at Johnshaven means that the planned major refit has to be brought forward. Funding is required to begin the repair of this major and widely loved icon of Scotland's maritime heritage, which is also a core vessel in the UK's National Historic Fleet, to continue a seagoing life that began in Sandhaven in 1903.

    The Museum urgently needs to raise £20,000 to begin essential hull repairs to Reaper so that she can make passage for slipping to begin the major refit which is expected to take 15-18 months. Every donation will be so important and so much valued. We need to get her back to her pristine seagoing best so that its skippers and crew can continue attending coastal events and sharing her amazing story with the visiting public and local communities. Progress on Reaper's repair and restoration can be followed on the Museum's website (www.scotfishmuseum.org). Very sincere thanks to everyone who supports Reaper from the Museum Trustees and Boats



    • John Firn

      John Firn

      7 months ago

      John Firn

      Reaper's masts will be craned out in Arbroath around noon on Wednesday 14th September, and she will then go on the Arbroath slip for a damage assessment survey from 23rd to 28th September. Do come along and see a really big wooden boat on the slip! Once some further repairs are done, Reaper will take advantage of the first calm day to return to her home berth in Anstruther. Thank you again, from the Museum and the Boats Club, for your generosity in helping fund these initial pre-refit repairs.

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      John Firn

      7 months ago

      John Firn

      Reaper is now safe in Arbroath where pumps are keeping the leaks under control. Her masts will come out on 14 September ready for slipping later in the month. Thank you for your kind support. More news later. Photos on Museum website.

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      John Firn

      7 months ago

      John Firn

      Thank you to all of Reaper's friends for the generous donations towards the cost of initial repairs to the boat : it is so much appreciated by the Museum and its Boats Club. On Wednesday 17th August Skipper Mike Barton, John Armstrong, Bob Flann and Dave Crowther, on a calm day and shepherded by the Montrose creel boat "Pisces" and the Arbroath Lifeboat, gently motored Reaper to Arbroath. The boat will remain there until the end of September when she will be slipped for a comprehensive damage survey of her hull. More news and photos later.

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    • Portsoy


      Oct 13, 2016

      From a very amateur boatbuilder in Portsoy Boatshed, a small amount towards your total, in recognition of the wonderful work done by our " big brothers " in Anster. Hope to see the Reaper again soon.


    • Anonymous


      Sep 18, 2016

      Good luck with the fundraising


    • Fiona Hunter

      Fiona Hunter

      Sep 13, 2016

      Good Luck


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    Anstruther, United Kingdom

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