Bid launched to raise church an­chor

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A COM­MU­NITY com­pany is hop­ing to bring the story of a float­ing church back to life by rais­ing its last re­main­ing relic.

Su­nart Com­mu­nity Com­pany is try­ing to collect £ 6,000 to­wards the cost of rais­ing and con­serv­ing the an­chor and chain of the Su­nart float­ing church.

It is be­lieved the church was con­structed when the Free Church broke from the Church of Scot­land in 1843.

It was be­lieved ev­ery trace of the float­ing church had been re­moved for sal­vage un­til lo­cal diver John MacMil­lan found one of the orig­i­nal ‘mush­room’ an­chors ear­lier this year.

A crowd­fund­ing page has now been cre­ated and fundrais­ing events have been planned with the end goal of dis­play­ing the pre­served arte­fact in the vil­lage of Stron­tian. To sup­port the cam­paign, visit http:// www.crowd­fun­ raise-the-an­chor.

For more on this story, turn to Morvern Lines on page six.

Wor­ship­pers from Mor­ven walked to Lid­des­dale Bay on the op­po­site side of the loch and crossed by row­ing boat to reach the ves­sel, which came with a vestry, a pul­pit and a pre­cen­tor’s desk.

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