The SS Explorer is a unique vessel, the first purpose-built fisheries research vessel for the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen. The design was kept simple and adaptable as the scientists of the day realised that science never stands still and Scotland’s fisheries were growing and developing.
She was one of the last steam reciprocating vessel to be built by Alexander Hall and Co in Aberdeen, and was designed and built up to a quality, not down to a budget. Her design featured a significant amount of aluminium in the construction to assist her sea keeping qualities which were second to none.
The ship was the first of her type to have a computer fitted, at a time when there were only three other computers in Aberdeen.
Her service career spanned some thirty years, and she has survived some thirty years since, having been saved from the scrap yard initially by the Maritime Museum Aberdeen, and a second time, by the embryonic SS Explorer Preservation Society.
The Explorer, which is on the Historic ship’s register is an irreplaceable part of Scotland’s proud engineering, shipbuilding and fisheries research heritage.
Despite having been commissioned by, and spending her entire career working for the government, the vessel has no funding stream and is entirely dependent on donations to maintain her.
The SS Explorer Preservation Society are unpaid volunteers, who give their time and expertise to try to ensure that this unique vessel remains afloat and available for generations of the public, from around the world to visit and learn from.

Aberdeen Design Dutch Gulf Three Being Launched off the Stern of Explorer
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