I first saw this schooner at Kintail when I awoke in the morning from my first weekend with the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team in Feb 1972. It was an amazing to see this incredible ship in the bay with the snow-covered hills and the deep blue sea. It was something I will never forget. That day was my first in RAF Mountain Rescue and I climbed the remote Munro Sgurr nan Ceathreamhain from Iron Lodge a huge day in winter. We had crampons on most of the day and I was with the Officer I/C Dave Pierce who hardly spoke. It was some introduction to winter in Scotland and coming of in the dark was a day I will never forget. I had a few friends who sailed in the Captain Scott Schooner John Hinde and his dairies are published by his daughter Fiona Wild and he has some great tales to tell diariesofjohnhinde wordpress. com . These are great tales of another age when the mountains were quite and to see the Captain Scott from a summit on the West Coastin full sail of Skye or Knoydart was incredible.
Captain Scott Schooner – now in Oman
Originally named the Captain Scott after explorer Robert Falcon Scott, Shabab Oman was built as a standing topgallant yardschooner by Herd and McKenzie of Buckie, Scotland in 1971. Built for the Dulverton Trust, she was run by the Loch Eil Trust in programs which combined sail training with onshore expeditions.
In 1977, the vessel was sold to Sultan Qābūs bin Sa‘īd of Oman and placed under the purview of the Ministry of Youth. Her name was changed to Shabab Oman, which can be translated as “Youth of Oman.” In 1979, she was inducted into theRoyal Navy of Oman (RNO) as a sail training ship.
In 1984, Shabab Oman was refitted as a barquentine.
|Captain Scott (1971–1978)
|Owner:||Sultanate of Oman|
|Operator:||Royal Navy of Oman|
|Builder:||Herd & McKenzie Shipbuilders of Buckie, Banffshire, Scotland|
|Sponsored by:||Dulverton Trust|
|Acquired:||1977 by Sultanate of Oman|
|Refit:||1984, converted from schooner to barquentine|
|Homeport:||1971–1978: unknown, United Kingdom
1978–2014: Muscat, Oman
|Identification:||Call sign: A4YO
IMO number: 7125598
MMSI number: 461000411
If anyone has any photos of the Captain Scott on the west Coast I would love to see them.