On tour with The Reaper

The Reaper while on a tour of ports on the south-east coast of Scotland
The Reaper while on a tour of ports on the south-east coast of Scotland

AFTER months of winter maintenance, The Reaper was back in open water and enjoying the sea for her first voyage of the year.

The historic Fifie fishing boat visited the ports of Eyemouth, Dunbar, Port Seton and Leith on a trip along the south-east coast of Scotland.

During her two days at each of the four harbours, she played host to more than 1000 children from 17 schools in the areas.

The groups of pupils were shown how fishing was done in the early part of the 20th century, when The Reaper was one of the most successful fishing boats in Scotland.

They were also shown the living quarters in the boat, the exhibition of artefacts used when fishing in the seas around Shetland, and even got the chance to haul the main sail up the foremast.

Youngsters from Beaver, Cub and Scout organisations in the areas also visited the boat, as well as nearly 1700 members of the public during the fortnight-long visit, made possible by sponsorship from Muir Homes, Forth Ports and friends in the ports visited.

The boat crew, all members of the Scottish Fisheries Museum Boats Club, said the visit was hard work but a very enjoyable experience.

‘The Reaper’ has a number of visits planned over summer, including Portsoy, Crail, Arbroath and Whitby.