1994-021
Museum
Scottish Maritime Museum
Date
c.1898
Object Number
1994-021
Title

Shetland fourern Venus

Object Category
Vessel
Object Name
Fourern
Description

Venus is a traditional Shetland vessel known as a 'fourern', which comes from one of Scotland's most remote islands.  The clinker vessel was built on the treeless island of Foula between 1894-1898 and was made from pieces of driftwood.   The crofter who built Venus used boatbuilding techniques that can be traced back to the Vikings and their longboats.

Venus would originally have been used by the crofter to catch fish and to collect flotsam and jetsam from the sea.

In the 1960s, Venus was converted into a sailing yacht and in 1972 she became one of the smallest vessels to cross the Atlantic. 

Acquisition Number
1994-021
Method
Donation
Other Number
A/1987/016
Location
Irvine, Linthouse Building