Dundee’s own RRS Discovery is back open again to the public after an intensive refurbishment programme to its masts and rigging.Dundee’s own RRS Discovery is back open again to the public after an intensive refurbishment programme to its masts and rigging.The famous Antarctic exploration ship that carried Scott of the Antarctic, that stands proudly as an award-winning visitor attraction on the Dundee waterfront, is shipshape once more after repairs that will preserve the vessel again for future generations.
An intensive seven-month refurbishment programme began last year and was aided 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.
Television 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."
The Discovery is looked after by the Dundee Heritage Trust. The charitable trust also operate the Verdant Works, which is a world class visitor attraction which tells the story of Dundee's industrial textile heritage in the atmospheric setting of a beautifully refurbished Mill building.
If your spending time in the city, both attractions are a must visit.