Tuesday 23 April 2024
 4.9°C   NNW Moderate Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Marine / Funding boost for Dim Riv

The Dim Riv out on the water. Photo: SSE Renewables

THE REPLICA Viking galley Dim Riv is facing a more secure future after receiving a £2,500 donation.

The funding comes from Viking Energy wind farm developer SSE Renewables.

Chairman of the Dim Riv committee Graham Nicolson said due to rising costs there had been concerns as to whether the boat would make it out on the water again in 2024.

“We would just like to thank the team at SSE Renewables for their assistance, on behalf of not only the longship committee, but the wider Shetland community, who look forward to seeing the Dim-Riv in the water every year, unofficially marking the start of the Shetland summer,” he said.

The replica longship was built by a local boat builder in Shetland and launched in 1980, and people can head out on her for tours.

Julie Graham from Viking Energy Wind Farm with Graham Nicolson, chairman of the longship committee. Photo: SSE Renewables

The longship is 40ft long excluding the head and tail and is a focal point along Lerwick’s waterfront in the summer.

A competition with local schools to name the boat was run by the committee, and the name Dim Riv was chosen, which means the dawning of a new day, the strip of light when the sun rises over the horizon.

The Dim Riv is looked after by a group of volunteers and is stored away during the winter months where repairs can be undertaken.

Julie Graham, community engagement manager for Viking Energy Wind Farm, said: “We are always looking to support a range of organisations and community ventures here at Viking and the upkeep of the Dim Riv is the latest of these. We were approached by the committee that runs and maintains the vessel for support to help keep her in the water.

“Hopefully the money we have donated will help keep this iconic vessel in the water and bring enjoyment to countless visitors in 2024.”

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.