Certificate no 1856
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Fishing Vessel
Subfunction Ring-netter
Location Anstruther
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Weatherhead, William & Son, Cockenzie
Built in 1936
Hull material Wood
Rig Unknown
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Sail
Primary engine type Unknown
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
14.00 feet (4.27 m)
6.60 feet (2.01 m)
Length: Overall
41.00 feet (12.51 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


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.

We are currently seeking further information on this National Historic Fleet vessel. If you have any details about this vessel past or present, please contact us.


Walker, Alastair, The Fleet: a guide to the historic vessels at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, St Ayles Press, 2002

Key dates

  • 1936

    Vessel built by William Weatherhead & Sons of Cockenzie, East Lothian

  • 1936-1949

    Operated as a herring fishing vessel from Peel, Isle of Man, Seahouses, Whitby and the Firth of Forth

  • 1949

    Vessel sold into new ownership, working the West of Scotland herring grounds and possibly Isle of Man

  • 1954

    Re-sold and re-registered in Amble, Northumberland

  • 1957

    Sold further up the coast to St Abbs, Scotland

  • 1992-1993

    Final working years at Port Seton, East Lothian

  • 1995

    Acquired by the Scottish Fisheries Museum

  • 2008

    Awarded a grant of £3000 for a conservation plan by National Historic Ships

  • 2011

    Restoration work undertaken by volunteers


  • 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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