Preserving Scotland's Maritime Heritage - Full Steam Ahead!

Presenting  "Explorer" the unique steam driven, fishery research trawler - an NRHV Designated Vessel.



SS Explorer is one of the last surviving sea-going steam trawlers in the world and is registered to Leith, the port of Edinburgh. She has been placed on the National Historic Ships Register and the SS Explorer Preservation Society are currently restoring her in the Edinburgh Dock, Leith. Please browse through the various pages on this site and explore the Explorer's history and join our cause to restore this wonderful example of British industrial engineering and maritime history.

Our Local Commitment:
SS Explorer will:
Favour and use local Leith, independent, Scottish or British companies wherever possible for all aspects of our project. From where we buy our morning rolls, to who manufactures and supplies paint or rigging or who refurbishes our boiler. Guaranteed!