The Swan features in first ever digital Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

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5 July 2021

The Swan has featured in Ahoy Portsoy - the first ever digital Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, with a film narrated by Swan Trustee and Author of The Cod Hunters book, John Goodlad.

After the Traditional Boat festival had to be cancelled for a second year due to Covid 19, the organisers decided to shift from a physical event a to digital festival – with the backing of EventScotland as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21.

The virtual event went live over the weekend of 25th - 27th June, with a range of bespoke video content reflecting the range of activities usually on offer at the festival.

The Swan Trust’s film focused on the Swan’s fishing heritage, her restoration in the 1990s and her new life as a sail training vessel for the last 25 years.

Swan Trust Trustee, John Goodlad, commented: “We were honoured to be approached to take part in this first virtual festival, and be able to tell the Swan’s story, from her important part in Scotland’s fishing heritage to her new life teaching our young folk about this heritage and how to sail this historic vessel. The Swan has visited the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival many times over the years and we hope to attend again in the future.”

It is hoped The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival will return to Portsoy 17th - 19th June 2022. Find out more about the Festival at the STBF website.

Find out more about The Cod Hunters Book here.

If you would like to help support Swan follow these links to donate or volunteer with the Trust.

Anyone can sail on Swan, for details of trips available to book check out our upcoming trips.


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