View Full Version : Reaper to get $650,000 rebuild

08-05-2017, 11:32 AM
The Fifie, Reaper, build in 1902, is to get a $650,000 rebuild funded by the Scottish government. Nice to some smart government spending!

From the Dundee Courier:

The Scottish Government has announced funding for historic herring drifter, Reaper, which has for 30 years acted as an outreach ambassador for the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther.
The 114-year-old vessel, the museumís flagship, was swept over by a gust of wind at Johnshaven Harbour Festival last August.
A fundraising campaign was launched for essential hull repairs, meaning the Sandhaven-built vessel was able to return to public duty in May.
But she will not leave Anstruther harbour until after the refit in May next year.
The funding, which will allow for the boatís most comprehensive refit since 1903, was announced by culture secretary Fiona Hyslop during a visit to Anstruther on Friday.
She said: ďReaper is an important example of our maritime history as well as the flagship of the Scottish Fisheries Museumís seagoing fleet.
ďOver the years it has brought to life Scotlandís fishing heritage for thousands of tourists from home and abroad, as well as becoming a key asset as part of the museumís excellent educational outreach work.Ē
She added: ďThis funding will allow thousands more people to enjoy this excellent illustration of our fishing tradition and Iím delighted to announce it in our Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.Ē
Crewed by volunteer members of the Museum Boats Club, in recent years Reaper has visited more than 50 venues around the UK and taken aboard more than 180,000 visitors.

08-05-2017, 11:56 AM
Excellent news...