Our ‘Little Ship’ is in a sorry state after a lifetime of adventures, including several wreckings and indeed, what seemed like the end of her life when she sank in the River Leven in 2010. She’s been salvaged and rebuilt several times and is once again undergoing basic restoration work at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine.
In 2018, we were successful in our application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and were awarded a grant of £404,000 for a major project of work on Skylark. This project, which was to involve a large skills and development programme, including working with apprentices and wood craft trainees, was due to start in early summer 2019. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our plans when the Covid-19 National Lockdown was announced.
With Lockdown, we took the opportunity of carrying out a new condition survey and revisiting what Skylark’s future could look like. We hope to announce our hopes and ideas soon.