White Wings

White Wings K375

Built 1937 in Deerness by Davie Eunson of Colster, she was fitted for a lugsail and auxiliary motor, and was registered for fishing on 23 August 1938 by William Sinclair Laughton, Park, Holm. The registration was continued until 1969, and cancelled when the boat was sold in 1975.

White Wings is an atypical yole, being smaller than a full-sized yole at 10.9ft of keel, 14.2ft in length, 6.3ft in beam and 2.5ft in depth, and her beam is widest well astern of midships, making her ‘pear shaped’.

Bought at auction by present owner some 35 years ago White Wings is said to have been a good sea boat, but she has not taken to the water for many years, being in dry store in a well-aired shed on Hoy. While she has retained her lines well, restoration to sea-going stand was deemed not be economically viable, and the owner, Lesley McKeown Harmer, donated her to OHBS in late December 2017.

The boat has been tidied up internally, and some stroke repairs, as the result of an accident, attended to. She will go into storage to dry out thoroughly, before being given a scrape down and a fresh coat of paint.