Ancient fishing vessel Reaper will sail south to Arbroath for repairs following salvage operation

The Reaper is upright again following a salvage operation after it keeled over on to its side in Johnshaven harbour on August 6. Canvas patches have been applied to the damaged side of the Fraserburgh-built vessel to keep the water out for her journey to Arbroath. John Firn, vice-chairman of the Anstruther-based Scottish Fisheries Museum, which owns the boat, said the Reaper will be out of commission for the rest of the year. He said: “It has been made waterproof and brought back to normality. The 70-foot Reaper, which dates back to 1902, keeled over with members of the public onboard at the Johnshaven Fish Festival. The strong gust of wind caught the sails and threw one of the six crew overboard on to the harbour floor. Read the rest here 16:30

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