Visitors flock to Lifeboat Museum Exhibition

Jen Rodenberg from Holland who spent a whole day with the exhibition organisers
Jen Rodenberg from Holland who spent a whole day with the exhibition organisers

The Peterhead Lifeboat Museum Exhibition has been visited by over 300 visitors since the beginning of June.

As well as playing host to a group of 30 from the Shell Carbon Capture project, they have been visited by a school party from Kinellar, a walking group from Dyce, a Ladies group from Cullen, a Dutch group of scientists as well as visitors from Holland, New Zealand and Canada.

Molly McLean of the Peterhead Lifeboat Museum Exhibition sets the table for visitors

Molly McLean of the Peterhead Lifeboat Museum Exhibition sets the table for visitors

The exhibition is held in the Port Authority Hall beside the Dolphin Cafe with a disabled entrance from the ramp at the back, and is open every Wednesday from 10am to 4pm but during Scottish Week it will be open every day.

As well as historical photographs of Peterhead, there is a knitting corner with hand knitted ganseys and fair isle scarves on display.

These have proved very popular with visitors and many have expressed disbelief that they are not machine knitted as the workmanship is excellent.

The ganseys are part of a wider exhibit showing the importance of the women’s skills of that era.

Photographs showing women gathering and baiting lines, sheeling mussels, washing and cleaning fish prior to walking in to the country with a creel to barter for farm produce are all on display.

The history of the Julia Park Barry is told in pictures and boards showing the amount of lives saved, boats assisted along with other rescues.

A large part of the exhibition traces the family history of lifeboat personnel particularly the McLean family.

Other families featured are Buchan, Strachan, Ritchie, Cordiner, Summers and Bruce.

During Scottish Week there will be free net mending demonstrations, a skill needed by fisher folk of the past.

They will take place today (Tuesday) and Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. Tea, coffee and homebakes will be served.

The organisers of the exhibition extend a warm welcome to all.