All aboard RRS Discovery as historic ship reopens for the summer


Antarctic exploration ship RRS Discovery in Dundee is opening again to the public on Saturday 8th July after an intensive refurbishment programme to its masts and rigging.

The famous vessel that carried Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton to the Antarctic, now an award-winning visitor attraction, is shipshape once more after repairs that will preserve the vessel again for future generations.

An intensive seven-month refurbishment programme began last October and was helped by a £40,000 crowdfunding campaign. The masts and rigging came down for repairs and were transported to a Gloucester-based shipyard. The same shipping specialists, T. Nielsen & Co, have spent the last four weeks replacing the parts.

TV viewers will be given a sneak preview of the new-look ship this Friday evening, July 7th, when it serves as the location for Scotland's top magazine TV show, STV 2's Live at Five.

STV presenter Lorraine Kelly, a Dundee resident, long-time supporter of the famous Antarctic exploration ship RRS Discovery and contributor to the crowdfunding campaign, said of the ship:

"RRS Discovery is a major asset to the city of Dundee and beyond. She attracts many visitors and much well-deserved attention for her history and stories of adventure, also her links to Dundee, where she was designed and built.

"I'm happy to see that she's shipshape again and ready for visitors, and I hope you'll join me in looking forward to going on board again this summer."

Paul Jennings, executive director of Dundee Heritage Trust, which operates RRS Discovery and Dundee's Verdant Works, said:

"On behalf of Dundee Heritage Trust I want to say a huge thank you to the supporters who made this happen, from individuals to businesses to charity groups like ourselves. We can't wait to share her again with the public on 8thJuly and beyond. By just visiting Discovery Point you are contributing to the upkeep and ongoing preservation of RRS Discovery for future generations."

Visitors to Discovery Point this weekend can also enjoy the opening of a new exhibition by the Carse Art Group, who are showcasing their eclectic mix of styles and subjects by local artists. The group welcomes adults interested in developing their artistic skills and currently has about 40 members with varying degrees of experience. With the encouragement of class tutors, members paint a wide variety of subjects, from abstracts to still life, animal portraits and local landscapes, in diverse styles and media.

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