Historic Antarctic exploration ship reopens

Antarctic exploration ship RRS Discovery in Dundee will open again to the public on July 8, after an intensive refurbishment of its masts and rigging.

The famous vessel that carried Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton to the Antarctic is shipshape following the seven-month upgrade, helped by a £40,000 crowdfunding campaign.

Scottish TV viewers will be given a sneak preview of the new-look ship on July 7, when it serves as the location for Scotland’s top magazine TV show, STV 2’s Live at Five.

STV presenter Lorraine Kelly is a Dundee resident and a long-time supporter of the RRS Discovery.

She said: “RRS Discovery is a major asset to the city of Dundee and beyond. She attracts many visitors and much well-deserved attention for her history and stories of adventure, also her links to Dundee, where she was designed and built.

“I’m happy to see that she’s shipshape again and ready for visitors.”

RRS Discovery is operated by Dundee Heritage Trust, which also runs a sister museum: Verdant Works, telling the story of the city’s industrial textile heritage in a refurbished mill building.