24 October 2016 Re-dedication of museum boat White Wing
Yesterday Lady Campbell of Pittenweem rededicated the White Wing at Anstruther harbour after two years of restoration work by museum volunteers, staff and trainees . It is lovely to see her looking so trim and in the water again.
The rededication was watched by Museum Trustees, members of the Boats Club, staff and well-wishers with St Ayles Rowing Club giving a salute. It was followed by refreshments in the former Sun Tavern where a small exhibition outlined the history of the boat and the restoration process.
The 33 foot Baldie, sailed & maintained by the Museum Boats Club, was surrounded by club members & friends while Lady Campbell provided a poignant & very appropriate few words then splashing the bow with whisky provided by Club President, David Tod. The Museum Rowing Club took a short break from their weekend training regime & raised their oars to salute the occasion. It was a touching moment with Coull Deas MBE, the elder statesman of the Boats Club & skipper of White Wing, supervising proceedings from the refurbished deck of the boat.
Everyone retired to the Museum for a hot coffee and Lesley McConnell’s delicious cake with David Tod saying a few words of thanks to the Boats Club team, headed up by Winston Stewart, Harry Montador, Sean Dooley, Donald McDonald, Bob Flann & Coull Deas MBE who, accompanied by Leonardo Bortolami and his boatbuilding trainees, have worked tirelessly over the past two years on White Wing’s refit. Coull presented Lady Campbell with a magnificent bouquet of flowers & she commented on what a lovely morning it had been – and a first to launch or rededicate a boat in the family!
Thank you to Lord & Lady Campbell, Museum Staff, Trustees & Rowing & Boats Club members for attending & adding to the memorable day. There were several photographers with these pictures taken by Museum Trustee & Boats Club member Alaistair Ramsay.