Heritage - North Sea tragedy honoured
A new educational resource to help teach P5-7 pupils about Scotland's rich fishing heritage - and the dangers faced by those who go to sea - has been named in memory of the crew of a Fife fishing vessel which sank with the loss of all on board.
The "Meridian", its skipper and three crew disappeared in October 2006 while on pipeline observation duty in the North Sea.
Now the Scottish Fisheries Museum, based in Anstruther, which was home to two of the dead fishermen, has honoured their memory through "Project Meridian".
It tells the story of fishing from the 12th century to the present day and explains how schools can utilise the museum's extensive collections, displays and photographs to learn about the history of the industry. The resource seeks to use cross-curricular links, including music, drama, science and art as well as history, and provides ideas for activities which can be photocopied.
The project has been funded by oil and gas operator Talisman Energy (UK) Ltd, with support from the Scottish Fishermen's Federation. The "Meridian" was operating for Talisman through the SFF when the tragedy occurred.
Museum director Simon Hayhow said: "Fishermen have always had to battle the elements, so it's fitting that this new resource reflects that part of the job along with all the other fascinating information about the lives of those men and women who work in Scotland's fishing communities. The resource is one of the new educational developments at the museum, along with the appointment of our new learning and access officer, Andrea Sayers."
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