Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival 2015

//Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival 2015

Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival 2015

Strong winds have so far dominated our summer and made it difficult for us to take Shemaron out of Campbeltown harbour for more than a couple of hours at a time. Whenever we made it up to Kintyre the weather was windy and wet so we chose to spend our time working on board not wanting to waste what precious time we have available. It was really great to make it up to the Tabert Traditional Boat Festival last weekend. We arrived ahead of the stormy weather that lashed across Loch Fyne on Friday night and which, fortunately, blew through during the early hours of the morning. It left a bright and sunny (if still a little windy) spell of calmer weather for the festival. There was a good turnout of boats despite the adverse weather. We enjoyed catching up with Golden View who we spent some time with last summer and Ocean Gem who we first met when Shemaron had major repair work completed in Clydebank six years ago. We made new aquaintances also, among them Scots Miss (formerly Maireared) an ex-ring net fishing boat built in 1932, at 48 feet she was slightly smaller than Shemaron and more lightly built. It was interesting to note the graduation towards a heavier build between the three generations of ring net boats, Scots Miss (1932), Shemaron (1949), and Ocean Gem (1964).
The Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival was our first event with the Ring Net Heritage Trust, we were open for public viewing and greatly encouraged by the amount of interest we received. We welcomed a number of visitors on board, ranging from the very young to the – not quite so young! The positive reactions towards our project with the Trust were most welocme, we now feel that we are on the right track by moving to a charitable status. The Ring Net Heritage Trust was set up to further restore Shemaron to an historically accurate condition and to maintain her so keeping her sea worthy and protecting her for the future. Chris and I feel strongly that Shemaron has a valued place in Scottish Heritage as one of the few remaining purpose built ring net boats, through the trust we hope to keep her safe for the future. The Ring Net Heritage Trust is currently displaying on board Shemaron an original McBain winch which has been kindly loaned by the Carradale Museum. We are carrying out reasearch to find out more about the winch and its date of manufacture, it has however prompted the donation of an original fairlead. The fairlead would have been used when Shemaron was ring netting, it is a rope guide mounted on the port side, we discovered the original hole for the mounting under the metal gunnel tops! 

We plan to be open to the public more often and will be announcing further venues on facebook during 2015, ahead of a more stuctured plan for 2016. Alternatively we can be reached by email at ringnet@mail.comif there are interested parties who would like to come on board while we are lying in Campbeltown harbour.


Thanks to everyone who stopped by for a visit during Tarbert traditional Boat festival.

2018-09-11T17:08:24+00:00July 24th, 2015|LATEST NEWS|0 Comments