Reaper heads home

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THE Chairman of the historic boat club that brought a 100-year-old herring vessel to Whitby over Folk week has thanked the port for a great visit.

John Firn, chairman of the Scottish Fisheries Museum Boat’s Club, said: “The week in Whitby was parhaps the highlight of Reaper’s 2012 visit.”

6,972 visitors came aboard the ship, making it a busy week for the 14 boat club members who spent the week on FR958 Reaper.

The boat left Whitby late on Friday 24 August to ensure that it returned home before the forecast northerly swells and had a smooth and uneventful 15-hour trip back to Anstruther, including a night’s passage through the Farne Islands in very thick fog.

The boat was returning to Whitby for the first time in six years.

Ian Murray, Reaper’s skipper, said: “It has been an interesting year for the boat and our members, with three events being cancelled because of adverse weather. But we have also had some great voyages and visits, including the Scottish Diamond Jubilee Flotilla at Wick, the Traditional Boats Festival at Portsoy, the Falkirk Wheel 10 festival and then Whitby. Let’s hope 2013 is as good.”