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Help restore the Reaper to her former glory. As she enters phase 3 of her restoration, the Reaper requires new masts but we need your help.

by The Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, Scotland, United Kingdom

Our Project

Our historic vessel, the Reaper, has gone through a major restoration process at Babcock's Rosyth Facilities and has now come home to Anstruther. We are on the last push to get all the final fit outs complete to get the Reaper out on the water and back to doing what she does best - going to events across the country to share her story, educate and entertain the masses. 

The masts are one of the most crucial aspects of the restoration and we would like your help to fund this. 

History of the Reaper

The Reaper was built in 1901 by Forbes, J & G Ltd in Sandhaven, near Fraserburgh. She was built as a herring drifter and served as a fishing boat in both the First and Second World Wars. In the late 1930s, she even held the record in Shetland for catching close to a quarter million tons of fish.

Bought by the museum in 1975, the Reaper has since welcomed generations of people on her deck to marvel at her unique design. She is the last surviving first-class sailing lugger of the Fifie type and is now the only example of this once prolific type of vessel. Also, in her retirement from fishing, the Reaper has appeared in many TV shows, such as Outlander and a full episode of Tom Cunliffe’s 2010 series The Boats that Built Britain.

Since her last major refit over 25 years ago, the museum has secured grants and donations in order to complete extensive restoration required to enable a return to seagoing duties. Successful fundraising has allowed restoration of the main structure at Babcock’s Rosyth facilities, but efforts continue to raise funds for the final phase that includes interior fit-out, full electrics, and new masts.

Upon completion, the Reaper can then get back to doing her job as a floating museum and welcome future generations through an annual community outreach programme on the Forth and beyond.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum is a national museum based in Anstruther and first opened its doors in 1969. This means that in 2019 we are celebrating our 50th Anniversary and we have a whole year of events planned to mark this important milestone.

Keep up with everything the museum is up to and learn more about the Reaper and Museum's history through our social media sites and website.

Website: www.scotfishmuseum.org 

Facebook: @scotfishmuseum

Twitter: @scotfishmuseum

Instagram: scottishfisheriesmuseum

#reaper #sfm50 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

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Own a piece of history

If you pledge £50 you will get your very own paperweight made from wood taken from the Reaper during the restoration. There are only 100 available so when they are gone they are gone!

£10 or more

Special Thanks

Anyone who pledges £10 or more will appear on our thanks page in our special Scottish Fisheries Museum 50th Anniversary publication. This will be available to buy in The Scottish Fisheries Museum Gift Shop.

£25 or more

Picture Perfect

Quality A4 print. You can get your hands on a high-quality A4 print of the Reaper during the hull restoration or of the Reaper upon arrival in Anstruther.

£100 or more

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Hard Hat Tour of the Reaper

This is a unique opportunity to get below the deck of the Reaper during her interior fit-out for an exclusive tour from one of our museum boatbuilders. Get an insight into the restoration process and the history of the Reaper.

£250 or more

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Your Name On Board

Make your mark on history. When you pledge £250 or more your name will be etched into a brass plaque to be fitted on board the Reaper.

£1,000 or more

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Dinner on the Reaper

Join us on the Reaper for an evening fish dinner* shortly after her restoration completion and before her grand relaunch. A pledge of £1000 will get you a private 3-course dinner for 6 aboard the Reaper either above or below the decks (weather and preference dependant) *Alternatives can be made available. The offer will be redeemable after the restoration process is complete, a date will be arranged to suit all parties nearer the time.

£2,000 or more

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For Corporations - Sponsor the Reaper's relaunch

Opportunity to get your business name front a center in front of thousands! Once the work is done on the Reaper we will want to make a big deal of her relaunch and this is your opportunity to get your brand name out on her special day. Your brand logo will be displayed on any leaflets, posters, and banners. It will also be promoted in any other marketing and PR efforts. On the day you will have a stall advertising your business.

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