Leith Ship Wins Award

Posted by to The Blog on December 5th
Received aboard HM Belfast  presented by HRH Princess Anne:

The SS Explorer Preservation Society proudly announced Chairman

Simon Sawers had been awarded a Marsh Volunteer Award for Historic Vessel Conservation.

SS Explorer is an historically important Leith registered fisheries research
vessel currently moored in the Edinburgh Dock, Leith. Built in Aberdeen in
1955 and included on the National Register of Historic Ships, SS Explorer is
the last steam powered ship of her kind in Britian and, like the RSS
Discovery before her, was built solely for the purpose of scientific

The SS Explorer Preservation Society is a small volunteer society concerned
with the restoration and preservation of this unique vessel.

Simon Sawers, 25, has been a volunteer aboard the SS Explorer for more than
half his life! Over the last two years Simon has taken on the role of
Society Chairman and through hard work and determination he has revitalised
the Preservation Society, grown its volunteer base and actively led the work
required to save this historic ship for the nation. Simon says:

“I am delighted to have been nominated but this award reflects on all the
crew and volunteers aboard the Explorer and encourages us all to continue
with such a worthwhile and unique project. I first became involved with the
Explorer in 1999 aged 12, when I was given a tour of the ship with the local
Sea Cadets, where I was a member. I returned to the ship the following
weekend, and have been actively involved in restoration since. I am still
the youngest volunteer aboard the ship though we do have a lower average
volunteer age compared to other historic ships. Explorer offers a wealth of
opportunities for the local and national communities which we are keen to


SS Explorer Preservation Society

National Historic Ships

3 responses to “Leith Ship Wins Award”

  1. Pete says:

    Hello. These contact details are inaccurate and completely false. I have no connection whatsoever with SS Explorer and quite why my contact details have been published here is baffling. Please remove my name, address and ALL contact details immediately. Also please regard this email as a complaint against The Leither .

  2. Simon says:

    Jluy 2018 SS Explorer has been scrapped due to lack of interest and mismanagement by the SS Explorer Society and is no longer in Leith Docks

  3. Observer says:

    The SS Explorer Preservation Society continue to make a complete arse of trying to restore thier rusting hulk of a ship in Leith docks.
    The income that they generate in external funding is a complete joke. Year on year thier funding has dramatically declined since 2014 – see the whole sorry story here -on the official Charity Regulator website, it speaks volumes about the inneffectiveness of the board of trustees: https://www.oscr.org.uk/about-charities/search-th

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