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School pupil wins SSC boat naming competition with fin-tastic entry

Abigail Gillies from the Isle of Harris has been selected as the winner of a competition to name The Scottish Salmon Company’s (SSC) new workboat with her entry ‘Netty’.

SSC organised the competition with local school Sir Edward Scott Primary giving pupils the opportunity to name the new workboat ahead of the launch. Built in the Isle of Bute by Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company, the newest vessel will be used to carry net washing machines to help look after SSC’s salmon farms in East Loch Tarbert, Harris.  

A panel of judges had the difficult task of selecting a winner, with ‘Netty’ chosen as a fitting title for the 14m, 10-tonne purpose build boat. Entries were submitted along with a hand-drawn picture of the boat, and the pupils were asked to capture the spirit of the local area. Ewen Maclean, SSC area manager, presented Abigail from Gaelic Medium 4 with a framed copy of her winning design, a gift voucher and £100 donation to Sir Edward Scott Primary School for future school trips.

Pauline Macleod, Deputy Headteacher at Sir Edward Scott Primary School, said: “The project with The Scottish Salmon Company was a fantastic chance for the children to be creative, and they really enjoyed it.  It was also a great opportunity for the children to work in partnership with a local company and linked well with our Developing the Workforce Project.”

Su Cox, Director, The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “We would like to congratulate Abigail and her classmates for submitting their brilliant entries as part of the boat naming competition. It was not an easy decision to select our final winner. The workboat ‘Netty’ will be an integral part of our operations in Harris.”