Nimrod brings history to harbour

A REFIT job at an Arbroath boatyard last week brought a touch of the town’s maritime heritage to life, in addition to a much needed economic boost.

The Blythe registered boat, Nimrod, which operates out of Amble, Northumberland, was at Mackays boatyard until Friday when it was relaunched following a paint job and refit.

The Nimrod safely back in the water on Friday after refurbishment at MacKay's Boatyard.

The Nimrod safely back in the water on Friday after refurbishment at MacKay's Boatyard.

Harry Simpson from Mackays was pleased to see the Nimrod return, which was launched in 1989. He said: “She just came back for a refit, she was here last four years ago and is very much in good condition.

“She was the last wooden one that was built here and a lot of the builders who worked on her are still here.”

Nimrod has a displacement of 80 tonnes, a draught of 3.7 metres and is 16.5 metres long and 6.1 metres across the beam.

Apart from seeing an example of the town’s rich maritime history, the Nimrod also provided a boost to Arbroath business.

Harry explained: “It’s beneficial for the town. It’s good to get boats from other areas an it helps the local economy.

“It brings work into the town and not just to the yard because there are other local companies involved in the work.”

And thanks to the quality of her construction Nimrod could be making port at Arbroath for years to come.

Harry explained: “Well look at the Reaper, she’s now 100 years old. If they’re well looked after there’s no reason why they can’t work for another 50 years plus.”

To see our video of the relaunch visit www.arbroathherald.co.uk