Specialist shipbuilder T. Nielsen in Gloucester said goodbye to one of its most historic jobs yet this week as it shipped home the last parts of the historic vessel RRS Discovery.

Masts and rigging from Discovery, which famously carried Captain Robert Falcon Scott and crew on a gruelling expedition to the Antarctic, spent seven months undergoing meticulous repair and restoration by Nielsen.

The Gloucester shipyard spent three weeks last November dismantling the parts into 600 pieces. These were then transported to Gloucester for repair and are now being reassembled in Dundee, where Discovery is an award-winning waterfront visitor attraction.

Dundee Heritage Trust, which runs RRS Discovery, plans to reopen the ship to the public on July 1st , in time for the summer holidays. The visitor centre remains open in the meantime, with half-price admission to its exhibition, including a café and gift shop.

RRS Discovery’s repair programme was funded partly by a crowdfunding campaign, which raised more than £40,000 and was fronted by TV presenter Lorraine Kelly.

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