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Project to keep Discovery afloat
The Discovery restoration project will take two years to complete
A project to preserve the famous ship Discovery, used by the explorer Captain Robert Scott on his trip to Antarctica, has been boosted by more than 500,000.

The Royal Research Ship, on display in its Dundee home, has become one of the country's most popular attractions.

However, a survey of the Discovery identified the need for conservation work on its hull to keep it afloat.

The Heritage Lottery fund has announced 528,000 for the restoration project, to be completed in two years.

The move will also open up a new area of the ship to the public.

Heritage Lottery Fund Scottish manager Colin McLean said the Discovery was an important tourist attraction, as well as an iconic symbol of Scotland's history.

It was the first ship of its kind to set sail for a then unknown continent when it left Dundee in March 1901.

Improved access

"Its history is fascinating and reflects the pioneering spirit of Dundee," said Mr McLean.

It is hoped that the project will prevent sea water from entering the Discovery's underwater hull and fresh water from entering the inner hull.

The conservation work will also improve the humidity and bilge pumping systems and provide visitor access to the engine and stern gland areas.

Stewart Brymer, chairman of Dundee Heritage Trust, now the ship's custodians, said: "The funding will allow us to secure the future of RRS Discovery and enhance the visitor experience."

The total project cost of 688,000, has also been met with funds from the Discovery 100 appeal campaign and 10,000 from Dundee City Council.

Decaying areas of the hull and decks will be repaired

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