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The Scottish Fisheries Museum Boats Club was formed in 1985. It is a group of volunteers dedicated to the restoration, maintenance and operation of the boats belonging to the Museum which are kept in seagoing condition.

Reaper and crew leaving Montrose 2011

Reaper and crew leaving Montrose 2011

The Boats

At present these are the 70ft Fifie Reaper - the ‘Flagship’ of the Scottish Fisheries Museum collection, which was built in 1902 and the 30ft Baldie White Wing, built in 1916.

Go to the Reaper pages

Go to the Reaper Refit 2017-2019

Go to the White Wing page

Go to the REAPER Notice Board

See the Boats Club Outreach Programme for the current year

See the Boats Club Review of 2015

The Club

Schoolchildren hoisting the foresail

Schoolchildren hoisting the foresail

The Boats Club is run by volunteers who share a desire to help to preserve these important examples of our maritime heritage.

New volunteers are always welcome, all that is required is a willingness to work with others in bringing your own skills and enthusiasm to the wide variety of tasks necessary for the continued success of the Boats Club.

Throughout the year the club members meet three days each week in the Museum, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10am. In the winter working on maintenance and preparation for the summer months when Club members take Reaper and White Wing to harbour events around the coast of Scotland and Northern England. There they man the boat so that members of the public can safely come aboard and look round the boat and see the museum display in the fish hold.

Children hoisting sailIn May 2011, more than 1600 schoolchildren from 36 schools visited Reaper during a 10 day visit to fishing harbours along the Moray coast.

During 2012, we welcomed over 12,500 visitors aboard including more than 200 schoolchildren.

In May 2013, more than 1000 schoolchildren visited Reaper during the Schools Programme visits to Eyemouth, Dunbar, Port Seton and Leith.


In 2011 the Members of the Boats Club were awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary Service in a ceremony on board Reaper in Anstruther harbour.

Membership of the Boats Club is additional to membership of the Museum.

Contacts for further information:-

N Bone
Hon Sec
07973 257899

Joan Paton Chair
07974 807 401

The Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust Ltd
St Ayles, Harbourhead, Anstruther, Fife KY10 3AB
Tel (within UK): 01333 310628
Tel (from outside UK): +44 1333 310628
Charity Number: SC 006185
VAT Reg Number: 270 2790 64
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