Waterlily (‘Lily’)

North Isles Yole

Waterlily rigged ashore

A small North Isles Yole of 14′ length and 6′ beam. Mast and spars, oars and sails all believed to be original.

Reputedly built in Eday around 1860-1870. Possibly by Robert Miller of Sandybank. who was a boat builder in Eday from mid 1850s to c1910, at the latest, when he was in his late 70s

Waterlily had been in the Foulis family in Deerness for 5 generations, being used for family fishing trips and leisure. Never Registered for commercial fishing during their ownership.

October 2019

The interior of the hull was cleaned of all bruck to help the drying process. The only really rotten parts of the boat are some of the floor boards.

November 2019 – January 2020

The cleanup starts with paint stripping to accelerate drying and to allow a better inspection of the wood.

Summer-Autumn 2020

Restoration work commences

2021 & early 2022