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Prize-winning Reaper prepares for tour up east coast of Scotland

Reaper in full sail.

Reaper in full sail.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum’s 112-year-old Fifie herring drifter Reaper has had an auspicious start to her 2014 season.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum’s 112-year-old Fifie herring drifter Reaper has had an auspicious start to her 2014 season.

She has been been awarded a runners-up prize in the National Historic Ships UK Flagship Award competition.

This is in recognition of Reaper’s historic significance and of the substantial outreach programme she will carry out during the summer.

The prize will be used to help in the public promotion of Reaper and National Historic Ships UK, an independent organisation which gives objective advice to governments, local authorities and other bodies on all matters relating to historic vessels in the UK.

Reaper is starting this year’s travels by going on an education tour up the east coast of Scotland.

The flagship of the Anstruther-based Scottish Fisheries Museum, she will be in Tayport Harbour from Sunday afternoon until Tuesday.

The boat’s crew will show children from local schools how fishermen of the early 20th century fished for herring in the seas around Scotland, how they sailed the boat over those seas, and how they lived aboard the vessel.

They will see an on-board exhibition of boat building, and how fish were caught and processed.

From 10.oo a.m., on Monday and Tuesday, the public will also be welcome aboard, although priority will be given to the children and their teachers.

Members of the crew should available to answer any questions from the public after 3.00 p.m.

Reaper will leave Tayport on Tuesday evening and then travel to Arbroath, Stonehaven, Gourdon and finally Montrose, before returning to Anstruther on Friday, May 23, to get ready for her next voyage.

This will be the fifth year that Reaper has undertaken an educational outreach programme on behalf of the museum, having previously visited the west coast and the Western Isles, the Moray coast, the south Fife coast, and the east coast of Scotland between Eyemouth and Edinburgh. More information is available at www.scotfishmuseum.org/reaper

 

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