Preservation

Realising that many fine old wooden boats were never moving from their ‘noosts’ Duncan Sandison, a boat enthusiast from youth, took the first step in rescuing a boat in 1972. He spotted the fine lines of Gardie boat drawn up in her last noost at Brookpoint.

The Gardie Boat, 1882

The Gardie Boat, 1882

She was built in Haroldswick, and at that time was ninety years old. To cut a long story short she found a safe haven in the old wooden Swedish Kirk at the North Side of Baltasound.

Over the next few years she was joined by other including Mary, Maid Of Thule (the first of the Shetland Maid class) and the Jemima Ann. These were not random rescues. First they had to be of a ‘type’ and secondly they had to be built well and look well. Most of the boats were donated.

Jemima Ann, LK1004 c.1890

Jemima Ann, LK1004 c.1890