The SS Explorer is one of the last surviving steam trawlers in the world.  She operated mostly out of Aberdeen and she was registered in Leith. But she wasn’t just a trawler.  She was a purpose-built fishery research ship,  the first in Scotland and possibly the world.  She is on the National Historic Ships Register and the SS Explorer Preservation Society is currently securing her future in the Edinburgh Dock, Leith.

Please browse through the various pages on this site. Explore the Explorer’s history and join our cause to restore this wonderful example of British industrial engineering and maritime history.

The SS Explorer Preservation Society are all unpaid volunteers. Some members have worked to maintain her for 18 years, and paid their subs for the privelege.  We are totally dependent on donations to maintain her.