22 August 2016 Reaper safely moved to Arbroath
On Wednesday 17 Aug, in near ideal conditions, Reaper FR958 was moved from Johnshaven to Arbroath under her own power, to await a full damage inspection following an incident while attending the Johnshaven Fish Festival.
Following the roll of Reaper in Johnshaven harbour on August 6th, there was an amazing effort by a wide range of people, companies and communities to get the boat seaworthy so that she could be moved south from Johnshaven to Arbroath for slipping so that the extent and nature of her damage can be assessed. On Wednesday 17th August, at 13.40 on the afternoon high tide and watched by much of Johnshaven, Skipper Mike Barton, John Armstrong, David Crowther and Bob Flann headed out on a reasonably calm sea setting course for Red Head.
Reaper was initially shepherded down by Ian Montgomery in his creel boat “Pisces”, and at 14.55 the Arbroath Lifeboat came up to see Reaper safely into Arbroath at 16.10 after an uneventful passage, to moor in the inner basin at 16.25. The Museum is really grateful to everyone who helped bring our flagship safely down to Arbroath, and especial thanks again to the Johnshaven community, our shepherding boats, the Boats Club members for their regular boat-sitting spells in Johnshaven, and to Mackay Boatbuilders for their role in getting her seaworthy with a working engine.
Now that Reaper is moored with a working set of pumps to keep the leaks well in check, the intention is that she will be put up on the Arbroath slip at the end of September for marine surveyors and Museum boatyard staff to examine, assess and define the hull damage, and to then decide on the next steps. The two big masts will be taken out of the boat before slipping, and, together with her famous red sails brought down to Anstruther, together with other fittings. As Reaper on the slip is a special sight, the dates of slipping will be put on this website and on the Museum’s Facebook.
The worldwide concern shown for Reaper and her accident is greatly appreciated by everyone in the Museum, and our sincere thanks for the generous donations that have both come into the Museum and been given via www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ReaperRepair. More news and photos shortly.