Built in 1965 at the Scottish shipyard in Fraserburgh.
For 31 years she served as a fishing boat. In 2007 she came to Gdansk for the first time. Unfortunately, she sank in 2016. Now she is to get a second life as part of the School of Traditional Crafts.
Residents of the Tricity were able to observe the sunken cutter for a long time while walking around Szafarnia. After being taken out of the water, it was brought to the School of Traditional Crafts, where it is now being restored to be able to return to the sea in time. However, little is known about the search for the ship TRUE HISTORY. After the ship passed into the hands of the Maritime Heritage Foundation, it turned out that the Incentive was hiding another secret.
Probably the best photographed ship in Europe “decorated” the Gdansk marina for three years after its unfortunate sinking, attracting more and more tourists and marine archaeologists. SH68 INCENTIVE, as she is called here, of course, was built in 1965 at the Fraseburgh shipyard. In the first phase of her life, she bravely served as a fishing boat.
The cutter’s fishing career ended after 31 years of service. After “retirement,” the vessel was slated for sale. This is where she would have ended her life had it not been for Nick Linnell, who lives in Scotland. In 1996, the Incentive got her second chance. The new owner registered her in Methil, Scotland, this time as a pleasure boat. In 2007 she visited Poland for the first time. Enchanted by the atmosphere of the III vintage rally, the owner decided to stay longer in Gdansk.
And so our incentive began her adventure on the waters of the Gdansk Gulf. She moored permanently at a berth in Szafarnia Street. She regularly left the dock to cruise around the immediate area, charming locals and tourists.
Over time, she froze motionless, slowly deteriorating and gazing hopefully at passing strollers. Unfortunately, on 06/16/16, she sank at the spot where she had previously moored. The wrangling over the ship’s future fate lasted a full three years. The dispute over the decision to salvage the wreck ended in June 2019, 28.09.19r. The Incentive was transported to the site of the former Hydrobudowa with the help of the floating crane REM 220.
One would expect the ship’s long history to end here. However, the wooden cutter was very lucky. 2021r. Incentive began in the hands of a new owner. For another, third life, the unit has a chance thanks to the activities of the Maritime Heritage Foundation. The renovation of the Incentive will take place as part of the activities of the School of Traditional Crafts. The initiative will begin in May this year.
What is the next step?
A lot of people are thinking about Incentive right now. The work continues both live and in virtual space. The moment she was taken out of the water, or maybe even earlier, she made a sailor who has been passionate about shipbuilding for years fall in love with her. From the beginning, it was clear that there would be a lot of work, not only in the renovation itself, but also on the technical side. The ship needs to be rebuilt, and this requires a concrete project, an action plan, and a lot of time for calculations, simulations, and considerations. This task was undertaken by Olga Rozestvinskaya. You can follow the impact of her efforts on the fan page of Incentive, where the progress of the virtual version of our yacht appears regularly.
And what happens to the real ship? Simultaneously with the digitization of data and the creation of the virtual version of the Incentive, the first work on her hull has also begun. The painted elements of the hull, previously cleaned, do not require boatbuilding intervention. The fate of the unpainted elements is more of a foregone conclusion and will be successively replaced with new ones. The trench (waterproofing) between the planks (planking) of the hull planking must be completely replaced.
The future of Incentive
Since the 20th century, maritime transport around the world has been carried out mainly by ships with internal combustion engines. A century later, one might think that more efficient and cost-effective technology, which involves the use of internal combustion engines and allows for faster transportation that requires fewer crews, would not allow sailing ships on trade routes.
Climate change is leading to increasing attention to atmospheric emissions, which are very high in the case of internal combustion engines. which is not indifferent to the environment. Wind is an inexhaustible source of renewable energy, and the use of wind propulsion does not emit exhaust gases into the environment, which is an important reason for the use of sailing ships in maritime transport.
Technological development and the resulting widespread automation of many systems makes it possible to reduce the number of crew members required to operate a fully rigged wind-powered vessel, a long-standing goal.
When one cannot afford to stop for weeks in the stillness of the ocean, internal combustion, electric, or hydrogen engines are now used as auxiliary propulsion because they are readily available. Even if wind propulsion is used only in favorable weather conditions, maritime emissions are significantly reduced.
The Incentive renovation project is the first for a sailing cargo ship, which precisely means that the main propulsion of our ship will be the sails. Among many other considerations, the first sketches for the rigging are slowly being made.