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Banffshire Coast News

Boat building project gets financial boost

The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival's boat-building arm, Portsoy Organisation for Restoration and Training (PORT), has announced the award of a £57,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

They lodged a successful bid to support the building of a traditional wooden Scottish salmon coble, following its progress from the felling of timber through construction to the launch of the completed vessel and beyond.

The project aims not only to produce a wooden coble in the traditional manner, but also to maintain and develop traditional boat-building techniques by involving volunteers of all ages and experiences in a series of workshops to create a body of interested and skilled workers.

If they wish, volunteers can later move on to help restore some of the beautiful old boats inherited by PORT from Portsoy Maritime Heritage.

The coble project aims to raise awareness of local seafaring heritage and traditions, and, at the end of the project, there will be a major exhibition featuring a professionally produced film and DVD charting the progress of the build and a display of pictures, tools and artefacts linked to salmon fishing history in the area.

The finished boat will serve as a workhorse for the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival every year and available to go on display at festivals and maritime exhibitions around the coast.

 

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