Figureheads and carved decorations
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.