2016 is drawing to an end already, what a busy and exciting year it has been!
We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us.
We end the year filled with hope, this time last year we were not sure how things were going to progress for Shemaron. The publication of the book (Shemaron; A Beautiful Endeavour) and the design and sale of our Shemaron oak and silver jewellery have kept finances on a steady (if not totally secure) keel and enabled us to take Shemaron to a few events during the season. The generous donations we received along with our successful bid for a grant from National Historic Ships provided the cash injection that enabled us to complete planned work on Shemaron’s hull. There is still much to do, the main problem of water ingress to the fish hold remains a priority and we are hoping to continue to raise money towards solving this problem.
Shemaron has spent an enjoyable summer in Tarbert a fitting home as this is where where the ring net first developed as a method of fishing. The Ring Net Heritage Trust has become the custodian of the replica Loch Fyne skiff Wee Dooker. Wee Dooker is currently out of the water and undergoing maintenance. Next year she will visit events along with Shemaron and be seen sailing often around Tarbert Harbour.
During 2017 the trust we be continuing to create an archive of recorded ring net histories, to this end we will be attending as many events as possible and will be available for comment. If you would like to contribute to this project please email email@example.com. The trust welcomes support on all levels, visit us here for ideas on how to get involved.
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a rewarding New Year & thanking you once again for your support.
From all at the Ring Net Heritage Trust