Grant helps to show model of Hes­pe­rus in a new light

The Oban Times - - News - DAVID McPHEE lglen@oban­

OBAN’S War and Peace mu­seum has pur­chased a mod­ern case for a 119-year- old model boat with the help of a grant from the North­ern Light­house Her­itage Trust (NLHT).

It will dis­play a replica of the ship ‘Hes­pe­rus’, which op­er­ated in Oban un­til 1939 when she was re­tired.

The old case that sur­rounded the model was ‘bat­tered’ due to many moves over the years.

The mu­seum con­tacted the North­ern Light­house Board (NLB) to see if they could help and their her­itage trust agreed to pro­vide a grant of £700.

Mike Bul­lock, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the NLB and trustee of NLHT, said: ‘We put a lot of em­pha­sis on the im­por­tance of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween NLB and Oban. It’s our op­er­a­tional home and to have the mu­seum tell NLB’s story is some­thing we’re very keen to pro­mote.’

Charles Struthers, chair­man of the mu­seum, said: ‘We welcome and thank Commo- dore Bul­lock. He has helped with the restora­tion of the Hes­pe­rus case, and has given us the con­fi­dence to con­tinue to dis­play the his­toric arte­facts of the NLB who have been as­so­ci­ated with Oban for so long.’

CRYS­TAL CLEAR: From left to right, Charles Struthers, Bill Leech and Mike Bul­lock marvel at the new case

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