£20,000 to save Fraserburgh’s Reaper from grim future

Emergency services tried to right the vessel. Photo courtesy of HM Coastguard Angus & Mearns.
Emergency services tried to right the vessel. Photo courtesy of HM Coastguard Angus & Mearns.

A £20,000 campaign has been launched to save an historic Fraserburgh fishing boat after it was damaged during high winds this month.

The Reaper, which was first registered in Sandhaven in 1903, capsized at Johnshaven Harbour Festival on August 6, injuring a crewman who was tossed overboard.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum, who own the boat have now launched a £20,000 fundraising campaign for short term repairs to save the boat which was still taking on water as of today.

Simon Hayhow, Director of the Scottish Fisheries Museum, said: “£20,000 is the target for the short term repairs to get her properly patched up but there will be a need for a bigger project which will be a complete refit.

“The initial amount is to get her repaired and get her back to Anstruther and then raise even more money for the bigger project.”

The Repear is currently sitting in Arbroath Harbour where there is an ongoing salvage job as the boat continuesto take on water and Mr Hayhow says they are still waiting to get the boat up on the slip to properly asses the damage.

The Museum director believes that the ship will be out of action for 15 to 18 months and they have already ruled out it attending any of next years events.

The £20,000 repair work is imperitive for the museum as the historic ship is an important part of their fleet.

Mr Hayhow said: “She’s up there with the Victory and the Cutty Sark.

“We have tried to keep her as authentic as possible so that means she’s been used and hired recently for film and TV.”

To donate to the ReaperRepair campaign visit /www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ReaperRepair