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Historic Mearns fishing vessel returned home after 75 years

For decades the baldie drifter White Wing set off on daily journeys from the small harbour, creeling and laying mussel-baited lines in pursuit of east coast haddock. The 33-foot boat, registered ME 113, served Gourdon well before going on to fill a small screen role in a television documentary about Scotland’s fishing industry. It was subsequently gifted to the Scottish Fisheries Museum at Anstruther, and as part of a weekend tour of the north east during which it visited both Gardenstown – where she was built in 1917 – and the Portsoy boat festival, before the evocative sailing into Gourdon harbour. The clinker-built boat was a smaller version of the Fifie herring drifters common along the country’s east coast. click here to read the story, see more images 13:16