Harbour Bar customers step up for museum restoration

Harbour Bar, Gordoun.
Harbour Bar, Gordoun.

Customers and staff of the Harbour Bar in Gourdon have stepped up to help the restoration of the Maggie Law Maritime Museum.

They have donated a bottle of money which totalled almost £400, and has been used to purchase a powerful telescope for educational activities within the museum

Dave Ramsay, project director for the refurbishment of the museum, said:” This is a generous donation by Bruce and Debbie Dorward and their customers at the Harbour Bar, as they have always been great supporters of the project.”

“The fundraising was specifically aimed at the purchase of a telescope.


‘‘Pupils of Gourdon Primary, working alongside the senior pupils from Lathallan School, will now design and create new educational activities involving navigation and nature watch.

‘‘These will be for school visits to the museum and Maggie Law Heritage Trail.”

The museum is dedicated to the preservation of the Maggie Law surf boat which was built by James (Jeems) Mowat in 1890, by subscription from the fishermen of Gourdon.

The boat, used for inshore rescue, was in service for 40 years and during that time had a proud record of saving 36 lives.

The museum is currently being refurbished, with Aberdeenshire Council, Kincardine and Mearns, Regeneration Committee being the main sponsor, supported by a wide range of local businesses and community groups.

Opening of the museum is planned for springtime this year.

n Pictured with the new telescope are, from left - Claire Dorward, Bruce and Debbie Dorward, Dave Ramsay and customers Bill Mellis, Sheila Lindsay Jan McSmith, and Murray Lindsay. (Photograph by Neal Weston).