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    Default Scottish Birlinn (Galley) Aileach

    Aileach is the first replica of a Hebridean birlinn (or West Highland Galley) ever built. She is forty feet long, clinker built in larch on oak frames. Her beam is ten feet and she draws two feet. She has sixteen oars and one square sail, hoisted on a yard and controlled by sheets and braces. More info on the project website http://aileach.esenciagroup.com/the-project/

    Seen here at Mallaig..

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    She is not the only one.
    Quote Originally Posted by Johnlanark View Post
    The Anchor and Sail programme has a new project. Galgael’s wonderful 32 foot Birlinn “Orcuan” is 17 years old and receiving needed attention. She has been brought from her berth at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum on the Clyde,and squeezed into a loading bay. She is covered by the roof from the organisation’s marquee. Making photos a challenge.



    Looking forward...



    Looking aft, with Paul and Jim seeming to be happy to be getting on with the work.


    Some soft spots in the elm planking at the waterline need to be repaired. I suppose the Clyde in Glasgow, although tidal, will not be as salty as the open sea.



    The poster explains the plan to sail from Glasgow to the Inner Hebridean Isle of Islay for the whisky festival at the end of May. Islay has 8 distilleries and this is Lagavulin’s bicentenary.



    Volunteers are sought. If you are local and available, why not come along? The work takes place on Tuesdays to Fridays 10 – 4.

    John


    GalGael’s 30ft long Orcuan was built in 2001 to an ancient Scottish prototype. She is an interpretation of the historic galleys of the West Coast; the Birlinn, Scotland’s traditional Gaelic longboat. These boats were effectively banned by the repressive Statutes of Iona, 400 years ago. Once they would have provided the main form of transport in a mountainous island region – linking the constellation of settlements on the West Coast of Scotland and beyond to the coasts of Ireland and Isle of Man. Today, we use Orcuan and our other boats to open sail training opportunities to the local community, linking urban and rural communities and enabling access to Scotland’s unique natural heritage. 


    http://www.galgael.org/work/boat-building
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Thanks for that Nick. I think the phrase "the first replica of a Hebridean birlinn (or West Highland Galley) ever built" is ambiguous and suggests she is the only one. But she was built in 1991 and Orcuan was built in 2001, so it is strictly correct.

    When Orcuan was being built they were struggling to source suitable timber for the project. Former Environment Minister, Michael Russell, now MP for Argyll and Bute, visited the project and arranged for a load of old-growth Larch from Appin forest, normally protected stock, to be delivered to Govan.
    http://forargyll.com/?p=8550

    Orcuan was recently refurbished and was relaunched in March this year..

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    Quote Originally Posted by isla View Post
    Thanks for that Nick. I think the phrase "the first replica of a Hebridean birlinn (or West Highland Galley) ever built" is ambiguous and suggests she is the only one. But she was built in 1991 and Orcuan was built in 2001, so it is strictly correct.

    When Orcuan was being built they were struggling to source suitable timber for the project. Former Environment Minister, Michael Russell, now MP for Argyll and Bute, visited the project and arranged for a load of old-growth Larch from Appin forest, normally protected stock, to be delivered to Govan.
    http://forargyll.com/?p=8550

    Orcuan was recently refurbished and was relaunched in March this year..

    The Photobucket extortion that screwed Johns thread obscured the fact that she also has elm planking.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Those are beauties!

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