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Dunoon Pupils name new SSC workboat

Two students from Toward Primary School have been crowned winners in a competition to name The Scottish Salmon Company’s (SSC) new workboat. The name ‘Lady of Striven’ was chosen by combining entries from two pupils, ‘Striven Strider’ by Anja Gerrish and ‘Lady of the Loch’ by Isobel Sims.


Children at the Dunoon primary school were asked to come up with a name, taking inspiration from for the local area, and to draw a picture of the new workboat with their chosen name incorporated.

The task of selecting a winner from over twenty entries was so tough that two were chosen, with their suggestions combined to make ‘Lady of Striven’. The winning pupils Anja Gerrish, who is in P4-7, and Isobel Sims who is in P1-3, were awarded gift vouchers, a donation to their school for future field trips and a voucher for smoked salmon to use in their upcoming raffle.

The new 30-tonne workboat, built by Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company on the Isle of Bute, will serve SSC’s salmon farms in Loch Striven from June 2019. 

Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “Our congratulations go to Anja and Isobel. The pupils at Toward Primary School submitted some great names and eye-catching drawings of our new workboat, making it impossible to choose just one winner. ‘Lady of Striven’ will be an integral part of our operations in Loch Striven.”

Lisa Marle, Head Teacher at Toward Primary School, said: “Our pupils really enjoyed coming up with a name for the new workboat, producing some really creative entries. We’re thrilled for Anja and Isobel to both be named winners and agree that ‘Lady of Striven’ is a great name for The Scottish Salmon Company’s new boat. We will enjoy arranging some exciting school trips in the future thanks to SSC’s donation.”