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Of the west coast ring net boats, very few survive, at this moment we believe Shemaron is the only single purpose ring net boat, rigged to look as such, and not altered in any way. She was built in 1949 by Weatherhead and Sons of Cockenzie and is in every way a typical ring net boat. She was built to be fast and manoeuvrable, as low in the water as possible and with low gunnels to be able to handle the nets. Her classic shape and distinctive sheer are recognised and appreciated wherever she ventures. Shemaron spent her early years with Matt and Billy Sloan in Maidens Ayrshire. She had a very successful career with the ring net often fishing in the North. At that time she was known as Wistaria. In 1963 she moved to Carradale with the Galbraith family, where she was renamed as Shemaron. She has remained in Arygll ever since.


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We aim to protect vessels associated with the ring net fishing industry

The trust will restore historic ring net vessels, beginning with the Shemaron, to a historically accurate standard.

The trust will also maintain Shemaron, in order to keep her seaworthy and therefore safeguarding her for the future.

We are raising money to halt water ingress

Water ingress is a major problem for wooden boats, Shemaron included. Rainwater is seeping through her deck and causing decay. This urgently needs to be halted before decay escalates repair costs to a no-viable level.

Once this has been achieved we will be able to enhance the Shemaron experience by transforming her fish hold to an informative learning space. By using display and interactive media we will tell the story of the ring net fishermen and their boats.

The third and most exciting stage of our project is to take Shemaron on tour! The trust will take Shemaron to visit the harbours where she used to unload catches of herring. We will be able to take fishing heritage right into the heart of fishing communities.

Please donate to help us on our way.


Charity No: SC045662

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