Scottish Maritime Museum, Harbour Road, Irvine

Friday 2nd March – Sunday 13th May

Entry included in Admission


Personal objects donated by survivors of the Piper Alpha disaster thirty years ago form part of a fascinating new exhibition exploring the dangers of life at sea which opens at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine on Friday 2nd March.

Lost on the Tide, which runs at the Scottish Maritime Museum on Irvine Harbourside until Sunday 13th May, explores the dangers faced by the brave men and women working around our coasts and the ingenious inventions and lifesaving equipment designed to make us safer at sea.

As well as personal objects and exhibits telling part of the Piper Alpha story, Lost on the Tide will feature a Lloyd's Medal for Saving Life at Sea, awarded to Ardrossan man Peter Sharp and recently gifted to the Museum by his family.

Captain Sharp, who was master of the sailing brig 'Annabella Clark', an Ardrossan built and registered cargo ship (Barclay & Shearer, Ardrossan), received the medal alongside shipmate John McIntosh. They were recognised for their actions saving the lives of the crew of French ship 'Melanie' when 600 barrels of petroleum she was carrying exploded on the River Adour in southwest France on 20th November 1878.

Chris Walker, Exhibitions and Events Officer at the Scottish Maritime Museum, describes the inspiration behind the new exhibition:

“Roaring waves, howling winds, driving rain; the seas around Scotland’s coasts can be a dangerous place. For as long as we’ve travelled along Scotland’s 6,000 miles of coastline and ninety inhabited islands, people have striven to make sure that they and their precious cargo arrive safely at their destination. 

“From the fishing fleets of the East coast, through the industrial heartlands of the Clyde and on into the thriving seas around the Western Islands, generations of Scots have looked outwards to the ocean for their livelihoods and prosperity. Lost on the Tide looks at how our seas shape our lives and culture, at the dangers faced by sailors around our coasts, and at some of the lifesaving equipment, ingenious inventions and brave men and women who risk their lives to make us safer at sea.”

Lost on the Tide runs at the Scottish Maritime Museum, Harbour Road, Irvine, from Friday 2nd March to Sunday 13th May.

Entry is included in Admission. Up to three children free with each Adult Admission.




Issued on behalf of the Scottish Maritime Museum by 

Joanna Harrison, Mobile: 07884 187404.



Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine and Dumbarton

  • Established in 1983, the Scottish Maritime Museum is recognised as the principal resource for material relating to Scottish Maritime history, in particular shipbuilding and marine engineering.
  • The Scottish Maritime Museum is based on the Harbourside in Irvine, North Ayrshire, and Dumbarton.
  • The buildings and sites which the Scottish Maritime Museum occupies are part of the collection themselves: The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine is housed within the Linthouse, the A listed former Engine Shop of Alexander Stephen and Sons which was built in 1872 and salvaged and relocated from their derelict Linthouse shipyard in Govan during 1991.
  • The Scottish Maritime Museum in Dumbarton is located on the site of the former innovative William Denny Shipyard and features the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank, the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank.