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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.”

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