Venus

Venus is a traditional Shetland double-ended rowing and sailing boat known as a Fourareen.

Built on the remote and treeless island of Foula in 1898, this 18ft vessel was made from pieces of driftwood, with the crofter who built her using boat-building techniques that had been passed down from generation to generation, similar to those used by Vikings on their longboats.

Venus would have been used by the crofter to catch fish and collect flotsam and jetsam from the sea.

In the late 1950s the boat was bought and converted into a yacht by the sailor and boat builder Paul Erling Johnson. Some of her more adventurous feats included a cruise around the Nordic coast in gale force winds, being sunk by a passenger coaster in gale force winds, being sunk by a passenger coaster in Cornwall and a transatlantic voyage to America in 1964

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