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Saturday, 3 November 2012

Restoration of the SS EXPLORER continues


The SS EXPLORER at her berth at Leith Docks
(Photo by permission of the SS EXPLORER Society)





It is on a more positive note than the previous entry to report that work continues on the old steam vessel SS EXPLORER with the work being carried out by volunteers in the docks at Leith in Scotland.




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Simon the chairman of the SS EXPLORER preservation Society get his award presented by Her Royal Highness the Princes Anne

Historic Leith ship wins prestigious award
Aboard HM Belfast, Greenwich in October, presented by HRH Princess Anne:
The SS Explorer Preservation Society is proud to announce that our Chairman
Simon Sawers has been awarded a Marsh Volunteer Award for Historic Vessel
Conservation.
SS Explorer is an historically important Leith registered fisheries research
vessel currently moored in the Edinburgh Dock, Leith. Built in Aberdeen in
1955 and included on the National Register of Historic Ships, SS Explorer is
the last steam powered ship of her kind in Britian and, like the RSS
Discovery before her, was built solely for the purpose of scientific
research.
The SS Explorer Preservation Society is a small volunteer society concerned
with the restoration and preservation of this unique vessel.
Simon Sawers, 25, has been a volunteer aboard the SS Explorer for more than
half his life! Over the last two years Simon has taken on the role of
Society Chairman and through hard work and determination he has revitalised
the Preservation Society, grown its volunteer base and actively led the work
required to save this historic ship for the nation. Simon says:
“I am delighted to have been nominated but this award reflects on all the
crew and volunteers aboard the Explorer and encourages us all to continue
with such a worthwhile and unique project. I first became involved with the
Explorer in 1999 aged 12, when I was given a tour of the ship with the local
Sea Cadets, where I was a member. I returned to the ship the following
weekend, and have been actively involved in restoration since. I am still
the youngest volunteer aboard the ship though we do have a lower average
volunteer age compared to other historic ships. Explorer offers a wealth of
opportunities for the local and national communities which we are keen to
exploit.”
Further information:
If you would like to arrange an interview, or obtain further information or
photographs please contact:
Pete McDougall, SS Explorer Community Engagement Officer
Tel: 0131 538 1512
Email: pete@somerled.org.uk
SS Explorer Preservation Society
http://www.ss-explorer.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/SS-Explorer/154464821267370
https://twitter.com/SS_Explorer



They tell me that the ship could do with being moved to a better berth in the port but it would seem that Forth Ports who run the ancient old port of Leith nowadays are dragging there heels over this, so come on Forth Ports get your finger out and help these guys all that you can, they have even been recognised by the Historic ship society and a presentation was given to one of them by Royalty not long ago in recognition of around 15 years of working and caring for this fine old ship and giving up his spare time for the cause.

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If you happen to be around the area and want to get involved then just get yourself along to the docks at Leith and ask around.

You can also help from afar by joining as a member on the website here.







A lot of work needs done on the old ship to bring her back to pristine condition so join up to help.

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