Computer donation to Maggie Law Museum

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Portlethen based CETCO Oilfield Services have donated six computers to the Maggie Law Maritime Museum in Gourdon.

The museum was established in 1990 to preserve the heritage of an old inshore lifeboat called the Maggie Law.

The lifeboat was built and paid for by the fishermen of Gourdon, as so many lives were being lost at sea.

The boat was built with the agreement that each fisherman would pay a penny in the pound from their catch for the building and maintenance of the boat.

Crewed and rowed by six local men, the Maggie Law was in service from 1890-1930, and in that 40 year history saved 36 lives.

The museum is currently being refurbished with help from Aberdeenshire Council, and Dave Ramsay, Project Director of A Howe o’ the Mearns Heritage Association, is leading the Project with assistance from a group of specialist volunteers, the Maggie Law Committee, Community Council, and the senior pupils from Lathallan School, as part of their Civilianship programme.

Dave said: “This magnificent offer of help from CETCO Oilfield Services is timely and appropriate, as the assistance from their IT services will fully equip six computer learning stations in the new educational area of the Museum.

“Groups of school pupils and heritage groups will now be able to make the most of the Museum resources. One computer will be located downstairs for anyone who has a disability or a mobility problem.

“The CETCO contribution has provided us with an innovative solution to overcome some of the barriers for disabled people, and people with mobility problems, and this will allow people to access an ‘Armchair Tour’ of the upper floor, from the first floor of the Museum, via our website.”

Work is in progress at the Museum at present, with a groundswell of interest from the community and local businesses.

Paul McAlister of CETCO said: “I am happy to support the Maggie Law museum through the donation of these desktop PCs, it’s great to know that the computers will help boost the museum’s educational offering by providing the users with an interactive experience.”