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Stuart Witts, SSC area manager for East Loch Roag in the Isle of Lewis with Ava Douglas and classmates before the schools were closed. Photo: SSC.
Stuart Witts, SSC area manager for East Loch Roag in the Isle of Lewis with Ava Douglas and classmates before the schools were closed. Photo: SSC.

Ten-year-old Ava Douglas from the Isle of Lewis has been crowned winner of a competition to name the Scottish Salmon Company’s new workboat.

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The competition gave pupils from Bernera Primary School in the Loch Roag area the chance to name the new workboat, which will be used to help look after SSC’s salmon farms in the local area.  

The 14-metre, 10-tonne vessel, which Ava called Spirit of the Sea, is being built by Northwind Engineering based at Kishorn near Lochcarron.

Inspiration from Lewis

Pupils were asked to capture the spirit of the local community and suggest names in either English or Gaelic. They were asked to submit their entries along with a hand-drawn picture of the boat, taking inspiration from the Isle of Lewis.

Stuart Witts, SSC’s area manager, presented Ava with a framed copy of her winning design, a gift voucher and a donation to Bernera Primary School for future school trips.

Ian MacRae, head teacher at Bernera Primary School, said: “The children really enjoyed the opportunity to be creative with their design entries. Ava was overjoyed with her win. We would like to thank the Scottish Salmon Company for giving Bernera Primary School the chance to take part in the competition and for the generous donation.” 

Difficult task

SSC director Su Cox said: “We received some great names and drawings, it was a very difficult task to pick one.

“I want to thank the pupils of Bernera Primary School for their imagination and would like to congratulate Ava for her winning entry. We look forward to seeing Spirit of the Sea out on the water.”

 

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