The Reaper Wk 87 formerly the Selina FR 17

Information from the Schooner Register

The wreck of the Reaper Wk87 formerly the Selina FR17 on Talmine Beach - Photo © Iain Morrison 2008

The Reaper Registration Mark WK 87



The remains of the Reaper lies on the shore at Talmine, North Sutherland. The wreck has been deteriorating quickly since being beached there in 1976. She was destroyed by fire while tied up at Rispond Pier in Loch Erribol - but more of that later.



Recently the family of the Owner / Skipper the Late James Henderson, got in touch and offered me photos of the Reaper from their family album. I am extremely grateful to the Henderson family for this kind offer. I have now added a Photo Page of the Reaper which can be access here, courtesy of the Henderson Family, All Photos of the Henderson Family are their Copyright! - 12 June 17

Click Here NEW Photo Page of the Reaper



Moving on to the History and the ships details as found in the Fishing Boat Register are as follows:

The Selina was built by Nobles of Girvan and she was the second boat built by them. Selina - 66 H.P. Kelvin - 40 Ft - Commenced 1947. Completed April -1948 (BA 333) - Messrs McCrindle, Girvan; (Selina II?) See the website Nobles of Girvan



Notes from the North Highland Archive:


Taken from the Customs and Excise Registry of Sea Fishing Boats in Scotland for the Port of Wick. No. CE113/11/22. Folio 7
Built at Girvan by Nobles in 1948 – based at Scrabster
Previous Registration Selina FR17
Motor powered Seine Net Fishing Boat
Keel - 35 feet
Overall Length - 39 Ft 9/10ths
Bredth - 14feet 1/10ths
Depth - 6ft 4/10
Gross and Net tonnage - 14.98
Crew - 4 men
Registered to James John Henderson – deceased. 5 April 1972
Certificate of Carving FSG36, 48s, 6SR, 200p?
16 Shares 8 March 72 Fraserburgh
13 April 72 - 16 Shares transferred to HIDB Inverness
15th June 78 16 shares Discharge of Mortgage
Scrapped in the Registry in 1983 but burned at Rispond Loch Erribol, North Sutherland April 8th 1976 – see Below.



Rispond Pier on Loch Erribol Near Durness - Photo © John Ferguson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Contemporary Report from the Northern Times - Friday April 9 1976


Boat on Fire
The 40ft Thurso fishing boat reaper was completely destroyed by fire while moored at Rispond Jetty in Loch Eriboll, near Durness early yesterday morning.

The three man crew – skipper James Henderson, George Gordon Thurso and Donald Macdonald Barrock – had all gone home on Tuesday Night because of stormy weather, intending to return to the fishing yesterday.

Lairg’s fire brigade with volunteer crews from Achfary and Durness, were called to the blaze when it was spotted just after seven am.

But a fire brigade spokesman said at Inverness, “The vessel was completely burned out and reduced to a shell.”



Iain's Notes: The Shell was bought by the Late Billy Mackay, Talmine. He towed the hull from Rispond to Talmine bay where he beached it. Billy planned to redeck the hull and make it water tight and use it to transport a digger to Lewis, sadly Billy died before the project was completed. The Reaper has now deteriorated so much that the keel has rotted and broken in two.



Recently the family of the Owner / Skipper the Late James Henderson, got in touch and offered me photos of the Reaper from their family album. I am extremely grateful to the Henderson family for this kind offer. I have now added a Photo Page of the Reaper which can be access here, courtesy of the Henderson Family, All Photos of the Henderson Family are their Copyright! - 12 June 17

Click Here NEW Photo Page of the Reaper



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