Boat helped in recovery of downed pilot
The Harvest Reaper is one of the most celebrated boats to have fished the Moray Firth.
Built in Fraserburgh, it was based at the port under the stewardship of John Downie Mey from the 1930s until 1965.
And it was while he was at the helm that the vessel became involved in attempts to rescue a pilot from an aircraft that ditched in the sea.
Shortly before noon on April 29 1946 a Firefly aircraft flying out of the naval air base at Rattray, near Fraserburgh, got into difficulties about six miles off the coast.
The plane lost power and ditched near the Harvest Reaper – breaking off her mast in the process. The crew immediately rushed to the plane in an attempt to help the pilot, who was 20-year-old Kenneth Williams from Liverpool, but were sadly unable to save his life.
The vessel remained in Fraserburgh, later under the command of Mr Mey’s son Jim, before she was sold to new owners in Macduff.
The weathered hull remained on the quayside at Burghead after running aground off the coast in the 1980s – where it remained until January 2015 when Moray Council demanded it was moved in order to make way for developments at the harbour.
Now the boat is permanently based in the village so more can learn about its celebrated past.
The boat being moved to Burghead in 2015