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    Garnock Connections

    Connecting people and places within the Landscape


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Watching from the Wheelhouse

Watching from the Wheelhouse will give new life to a historic vessel which is on The National Historic Ships Register by creating a unique viewing platform with uninterrupted views over the SSSI Bogside Flats.

Scotland’s only surviving Harbour tug, the ex ICI vessel the MV Garnock, is of incredible historical importance. This project will provide access to the vessel allowing the Museum to tell the story of the vessel, Garnock Wharf, ICI and the Irvine Harbour. The bridge of the Garnock will be restored and a digital eyepiece will be mounted on the mast providing a controllable output to screens on the Bridge and the deck allowing visitors to view the wildlife on the Bogside flats in detail.

Work on this project will be undertaken by trainees and volunteers, and will be supervised by the Museums technical and curatorial staff. The Garnock will then host a variety of events aimed at school and general visits led by the Learning and Access Officer at the Museum supported by visitor services staff and volunteers.

The MV Garnock will also be available to other local community and organized groups for educational and awareness programmes. The work on this project will link with the Working Voices oral history project curating stories from ICI workers, Harbour workers and seamen that worked in the area. 

Did you know?

The Bogside Flats are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and flood completely several times a year.

Project Location

Get Involved

Volunteers are welcome with skills in most trades including joinery, painting and welding. Volunteers with Digital experience would also be great.

Contact Details

David Mann

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01294 278 283

Scottish Maritime Museum,
Gottries Road, Irvine

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