Orkney Islands Council owned historic boats renovated by OHBS volunteers are housed in the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum at Lyness on Hoy. Unfortunately these boats are no longer accessible for public viewing.
The existing facility at Lyness is full so OHBS is working on a plan to create a new Boat Haven on Orkney Mainland in Stromness. The new Boat Haven will complement and extend the historic boat collection in Lyness and allow OHBS to further educate the public about historical Orkney boats and showcase the restoration work in progress in a new workshop space.
In November 2016 the Orkney Historic Boat Society were successful in securing a grant from the Orkney LEADER programme which was used to complete a professional feasibility study into the establishment of a Boat Haven/Museum in Stromness. This project was successfully completed in April 2017.
Orkney Local Action Group is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community LEADER 2014-2020 Programme
After many years of relying on Grace and Favour storage space from generous members of the Orkney community OHBS was able to secure a 10 year lease on space in an Old Herring Factory in Stromness. The long term security associated with this storage space will see the historic boats properly stored in favourable conditions for the forseeable future. In addition to providing storage for our boats this space will also provide working space for on-going restoration projects and required preservation work.