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The Scottish Fisheries Museum Boats Club, formed in 1985, is a group of the Museum’s volunteers dedicated to the restoration, maintenance and operation of the Museum’s seagoing boats.

Reaper and crew leaving Montrose 2011

Reaper and crew leaving Montrose 2011

The Boats

The seagoing fleet currently consists of REAPER FR958 and WHITE WING ME113.

REAPER is a 70ft Fifie herring drifter built in 1902. She is the flagship of the Museum’s collection and a member of the National Historic Fleet.

To find out more about REAPER click here

REAPER has been undergoing an extensive refit since 2017. You can find out more about the refit here

WHITE WING is a 30ft “Baldie” built in 1916. To find out more about WHITE WING click here

The Club

Schoolchildren hoisting the foresail

Schoolchildren hoisting the foresail

The Boats Club volunteers are from all walks of life and share the desire to help preserve these important and rare examples of our maritime heritage.

Throughout the year club members meet three mornings each week at the Museum Boat Yard from 9am. There is always routine maintenance work to be done in addition to restoration work along with preparations for the sailing season. During the summer months, club members sail the boats to harbour events such as RNLI days, Sea Food and Wooden Boat Festivals around the coast of Scotland and Northern England. The public are welcomed aboard REAPER to see what life might have been like over 100 years ago. What was once the fish hold is now full of artefacts and photographs of a way of life long gone. The crew are available to assist and provide information to our guests during their visit. The boats rely on donations from the public with all the money going towards the maintenance.

Over the years, thousands of people including many school and community groups have visited and had the opportunity to learn and share about life and work aboard REAPER and WHITE WING.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

In 2011 the members of the Boats Club received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in a ceremony on board REAPER in Anstruther harbour.

Membership Enquiries

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.

For enquires about membership of the Boats Club, please contact:

Nick Chalmers, Boats Club Secretary


Joan Paton, Boats Club Chair


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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