Lively Hope

built 1936 by Weatherhead, William & Son, Cockenzie

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National Historic Fleet

Fishing Vessel



Museum based

Museum: indoors





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To be confirmed

14.00 feet (4.27 metres)

41.00 feet (12.51 metres)

6.60 feet (2.01 metres)



LIVELY HOPE is a ring-net boat built by Weatherhead of Cockenzie in 1936. She has a somewhat heavier build than other ring-net boats of the period and, in addition to ring-netting, she was designed to carry out other fishing activities, including pot-hauling.

She has never been used for anything but fishing and was acquired by the Scottish Fisheries Museum in 1995 from the EC de-commissioning round of the day. She is displayed indoors at the Museum.

Subsequent Developments

  1. January 2011 Museum volunteers have been restoring part of the hull including the gunwale at the stern and reinstating a section of decking that had been removed when the fish hatch was enlarged at a late stage in the vessel's career. They are currently sourcing appropriate deck machinery (some of it original to the vessel but removed at an earlier stage) to recreate the fittings as a ring-netter. Source: Scottish Fisheries Museum, January 2011

Key dates

  1. 1936 Vessel built by William Weatherhead & Sons of Cockenzie, East Lothian
  2. 1936-1949 Operated as a herring fishing vessel from Peel, Isle of Man, Seahouses, Whitby and the Firth of Forth
  3. 1949 Vessel sold into new ownership, working the West of Scotland herring grounds and possibly Isle of Man
  4. 1954 Re-sold and re-registered in Amble, Northumberland
  5. 1957 Sold further up the coast to St Abbs, Scotland
  6. 1992-1993 Final working years at Port Seton, East Lothian
  7. 1995 Acquired by the Scottish Fisheries Museum
  8. 2008 Awarded a grant of £3000 for a conservation plan by National Historic Ships
  9. 2011 Restoration work undertaken by volunteers


  1. 2002 The Fleet: a guide to the historic vessels at the Scottish Fisheries Museum - Alastair Walker


  1. Financial year April A Sustainability Grant of £3000 for a conservation plan was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships
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landing strake:

the strake between the binding strake and the top strake