THE Western Isles’ two traditional sgoth Niseach vessels – an Sulaire and the smaller Jubilee – are in need of extensive repairs as recent harsh winters have taken their toll on the open boats as they sat in the open air.
An active team of volunteers is working along with a professional shipwright to attempt to make both vessels seaworthy again.
Maintenance and repairs of traditional wooden boats is an expensive businessowever, and members of both the an Sulaire Trust and Falmadair – the North Lewis Maritime Trust are co-ordinating a big fund-raising effort to enable the boats to go into the water as soon as possible.
The an Sulaire Trust is appealing for both volunteers, to help with the work, and financial assistance; and one of the best ways the public can help is by supporting the work by becoming a member. You can download a membership form from the an Sulaire Trust website (www.ansulaire.com).
You could also buy a DVD of Sam Maynard’s an Sgoth, the award-winning documentary film on the building of the large class vessel. These are on sale in the Stornoway fisherman’s co-operative and in The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool. You can also buy one online or direct from the Trust’s Secretary or send a donation to: Karen Whelton, Secretary, an Sulaire Trust, 14A Aignish, Isle of Lewis