The Scottish Fisheries Museum's Baldie fishing boat “White Wing” will be heading to Glasgow, to support the city's hosting of the Commonwealth Games, which opens on 23 July.
She will be joining a flotilla of 250 boats sailing from Greenock to Glasgow on 25th July, spending her time at various locations and events in Glasgow, during the Games.
She will be open to the visiting public during her trip through the forth and Clyde Canal, and whilst she is in Glasgow. Smaller than her big sister “Reaper”, the flagship of the Museum, she has several features which may interest the observant visitor.
White Wing will be leaving Glasgow on either 3rd or 4th August, sailing back home through the Forth and Clyde Canal, and the Forth Estuary.
White Wing was used in the early 20th century for long line fishing in the North Sea, often using 4 lines, each three quarters of a mile long, and each with 500 baited hooks, to catch haddock.
She was built with 2 lug rigged masts, and had an engine in the stern. In the bow were two berths, sleeping quarters for the crew, with the fish hold between the sleeping quarters and the engine in the stern.
Today, she is used recreationally, and usually sails with her dipping lug rig.