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REAPER FR 958 | by IrenicRhonda
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Reaper is a Fifie sailing herring drifter, the most popular design of fishing boat on the East Coast of Scotland for the greater part of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Built at Sandhaven near Fraserburgh in 1902 as a two masted lugger she is 70 ft long with a dipping lug foresail and a standing lug mizzen.

First registered at Fraserburgh in 1902 (FR 958) she moved to Shetland and was registered at Lerwick in 1908 (LK 707) where she was very successful for many years at the summer herring fishing. In 1916 she had an engine fitted for the first time – a Gardner 75 hp.

During the war she was requisitioned by the Admiralty and saw service in S.E. England. After the war she returned to fishing in Shetland.


This work by Rhonda Surman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


© Rhonda Surman 2011

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Taken on July 3, 2011