SPECIAL SECTION – Dumbarton, Questing Quines and A Monster of a Tale

The weather has been very kind to us on this virtual rowaround, and we have some days in hand. This is a good opportunity to introduce a new skiff on the Clyde to the Coastal Rowing community.This will be able to join in the special River Clyde leg in September as part of the Castle to Crane race from Dumbarton to Glasgow City Centre as part of the Clydebuilt Festival.

Archipelago Folkschool is going to be building a new St. Ayles skiff in Dumbarton with the service users of Alternatives Community Recovery Project, a drug rehabilitation charity. The project will be part of the Skylark IX Recovery Trust project in collaboration with The Scottish Maritime Museum and Scottish Boat Building School team who are restoring Skylark IX. Once the lockdown has been lifted, the skiff will be constructed at The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank which is the only surviving part of the William Denny & Brothers Shipyard in Dumbarton and part of the Scottish Maritime Museum.

Online boatbuilding workshops are also being delivered to the Alternatives service users staying in supported accommodation.
The original, pre-lockdown, plan was for local clubs to gather on the River Leven to welcome the new boat onto the water as part of the Dumbarton Festival River Town celebrations in June, catching clubs returning from Troon’s regatta.

Half Models and Oar making

Archipelago Folkschool also run weekend courses in the winter, making oars and paddles, half models … Fiona, from Montrose CR, made this half model of a St Ayles skiff in a class before the lockdown. She is intending to paint it in club colours but the paints are with Goose in the shed…

Making half models
Queensferry Questing Quines making oars
And here they are!

Jan Bee Brown, our storyteller-in-residence, tells A Monster of a Tale, involving submarines, selkies and sea kings…