FAIRY QUEEN is a large Loch Fyne Skiff, one of the first to be built at the length of 44 ft and with a deck (they are usually 20ft or 30ft and open). She originally had the Zulu lug sail rig.
She was built for James Robertson of Campbeltown who was from a line of fisherman in Dalintober. His log books are with 'The Kintyre Magazine'. FAIRY QUEEN had several different owners whilst in Scotland and one of her owners also owned Auskerry Island, Orkney and used her to ferry the author, Leslie Thomas. FAIRY QUEEN was then sold to Ireland in approximately 1978-80. She had a Kelvin engine and Perkins 6/354 installed in 1967.
In more recent years, a diesel engine was fitted in 1986 and a mast (douglas fir) was also fitted in 2008. FAIRY QUEEN has undergone a lot of restoration over the last 25 years including an oak keel, several larch planks, repair of some oak ribs, a new wheel and steel frame, and new decks.
Update, June 2020: Vessel reported partially sunk
Update, October 2020: Vessel reported out of water after being submerged for several months, but in bad way
Vessel built in Fraserburgh, Scotland
Sold from Scotland to Ireland
New Douglas Fir mast fitted
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