Banffshire Coast News
Bon Voyage for Proud Pageant Boat
Obair-Na-Ghaol, the wooden fishing boat built by the Aberdeen Asset Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy, has set off on its journey to London to fly the flag for Banffshire at the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. She will be part of a flotilla of 1000 vessels saluting the Queen as she celebrates 60 years on the throne. The boat is an exact replica of a scaffie - a traditional herring drifter - named Gratitude BCK 252. Obair-Na-Ghaol - the Scots Gaelic for Labour of Love - was built from scratch 14 years ago by Alex Slater, Sinclair Young and Willie Simpson. The boat has been fitted out with a new engine thanks to Macduff Shipyards and has been freshly painted. Obair-Na-Ghaol will be returning to Portsoy on the first day of the Aberdeen Asset Scottish Traditional Boat Festival - 23rd June 2012.