In Irvine – Section 3 | Day 2

The Pride of Prestwick was moored at the Scottish Maritime Museum’s pontoon in Irvine Harbour overnight, to pass the baton on to Troon tomorrow.

The award-winning museum is the home of Scotland’s national maritime collection, displaying some of Scotland’s most important historic vessels, the country’s largest collection of shipbuilding tools and machinery and a new national art collection. In common with other museums it is shut temporarily because of COVID-19 restrictions but is still open online. See: https://www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org/irvine-museum

The museum began a programme of 3D digitisation of its collection of historic boats two years ago; look online for the gallery.

Meanwhile, here is a 3D digitisation of the St Ayles Skiff; created by Ian A Baird, from North Berwick Rowing Club. It is used with his kind permission and comes from the sketchfab.com website:

The Scottish Boat Building School was established at the museum in 2014 to provide education and qualifications in both traditional and modern boat building and repair, working with the local community, long-term unemployed and general volunteers. Projects include helping restore and maintain historic vessels in the museum’s national heritage collection through to community skiff building projects and commercial work.

The boat building school worked with community groups and volunteers to build two St Ayles skiffs for use by communities within the Garnock Connections Landscape Partnership Area – an initiative working to enhance, improve access to, and promote natural and cultural heritage around the River Garnock in Ayrshire through a suite of 25 projects.

© Scottish Wildlife Trust, one of the partners in Garnock Connections
“These community boats, Garnock and Avocet, will be used on Kilbirnie Loch and at coastal rowing competitions throughout Scotland, keeping alive some of the traditional boat building skills that have played such an important role in the history of this area. The completed boats will also provide an unusual way to experience the landscape and wildlife of Garnock Connections.”

Meanwhile, the Irvine club is ‘moribund’ and their skiff, The Vennel, is stored in the museum.

It was intended that RowAround would organise try-a-row sessions at Irvine, to showcase Coastal Rowing, introduce more people to the sport and to reignite interest throughout the area.