Shipshape Scotland acts as a focal point bringing together vessels, organisations, skills and facilities across the country. These include the Scottish Fisheries Museum at Anstruther, RRS Discovery at Dundee, the Galgael Trust, events such as the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival and a range of vessels on the National Register of Historic Vessels.



Scottish Fisheries Museum

Galgael Trust

The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival (STBF)

North Sea Ring

Ring Net Heritage Trust



Linda Fitzpatrick, Curator, Scottish Fisheries Museum



Garnock alongside - stern view

Built 1956 by Brown, George & Co Ltd, Greenock

SEMPER VIGILO on River Clyde

Police Launch built 1937 by Robertson & Sons, Alex, Sandbanks

Paddle Steamer Waverley going astern out of Mallaig Harbour - Photo Comp 2011 entry

Paddle Steamer built 1946 by Inglis, A J, Clyde


Survey and consultancy services for traditional and historic vessels. Specialising in wood construction. Repair and refit planning. Supervision of restoration projects. Costing and financial planning for refit and restoration.


Mackay Boatbuilders have the facilities and manpower to carry out repairs to wooden, steel or GRP vessels. We are equipped to travel to areas throughout the UK to carry out repairs and have travelled as far afield as Whitby and Stornoway.
We specialise in repairs and restoration of hisotric vessels, at present we are undertaken an 18 months restoration project on RRS DISCOVERY in Dundee. In 2008 we carried our extensive repairs to REAPER, a 100 year old Fifie owned and operated by Scottish Fisheries Musuem, Anstruther, Fife.


Builder of Shetland boats to traditional standard, also museum/boat show demonstrations and talks.

Dr. Dan Atkinson is Headland's in-house maritime specialist. Headland offer a wide range of heritage advice in relation to historic vessels; from consultation in the preparation and delivery of conservation and management plans to the research and survey (both traditional and digital) of all manner of historic vessels. In addition, Headland also undertake the assessment, evaluation, excavation and survey of vessel remains located on land, in the inter-tidal zone and underwater. Headland work throughout the UK and Ireland.

The school is a leading provider of education and research into marine science and technology. Continuing professional development and introductory courses in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering are available. Extensive research facilities for investigations into ships and their equipment, a model towing tank, propeller cavitation tunnel, wind wave and current tank and engine laboratory. Examples of work include testing the performance of historic shop models and testing of historic propellers. The School has an extensive library on all marine topics, with a dedicated librarian.

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