The Port of Inverness welcomed an unusual visitor this week in amongst all the commercial traffic. The WESTWARD HO came in on Monday and stayed for a couple of nights. She is a two masted Grimsby built fishing smack, dating from 1884. She is 89GRT with a length of 26m.
With a crew of 20 she fished the Atlantic right up to Greenland up to 1964 and during the second war, delivered fish to Britain from the Faroe Islands. #
She was fully restored in 2005 and now has a crew of 4 and space for 46 passengers. Based in the Faroe Islands, the vessel does a lot of work in the educational and adventure fields.
The vessel left Inverness for the Caledonian Canal and then onto Oban and Skye before returning to the Faroe Islands. Sinclair Browne, Port Chief Executive said, “It is great to see a vessel such as this visiting Inverness and full credit to the volunteers who spend their time maintaining the vessel in such fantastic condition.”
The picture shows the Westward Ho alongside in Inverness.