Museum’s boats join road bridge celebrations

The Scottish Fisheries Museum's 112-year-old herring drifter 'Reaper' will play a leading role in the Forth Road Bridge 50th anniversary celebrations.
The Scottish Fisheries Museum's 112-year-old herring drifter 'Reaper' will play a leading role in the Forth Road Bridge 50th anniversary celebrations.

Two boats from the Scottish Fisheries Museum will be joining the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge.

The Reaper – the museum’s 112-year-old, 70-foot herring drifter – and White Wing – which took part in the Commonwealth Games Flotilla on the Clyde – will leave their berths in Anstruther tomorrow (Saturday) to sail up the Forth to Port Edgar.

On Sunday, at 11.30am, Reaper will be leading and coordinating the Festival Flotilla of over 100 boats on a journey under the two existing bridges and passed the construction of the new second road bridge.

White Wing will be in the flotilla, which will assemble east of the Forth Rail Bridge.

It promises to be a dramatic sight, with a huge range of boats from small sailing dinghies to big naval craft, all carefully following behind Reaper.

It is expected that some celebrity guests will be on board Reaper during the flotilla.

The following weekend – which will feature the Queensferry Rowing Challenge and the Forth Road Bridge’s 50th birthday firework display – Reaper and White Wing will be berthed at South Queensferry harbour.

Reaper will be welcoming visitors aboard on both days (weather permitting) between 10am and 5pm, to experience what life was like on one of Scotland’s iconic boats during the early 20th century.