The Radiant Queen was built by Weatherhead & son boat builders in 1947. Based in Cockenzie on the firth of forth East Lothian, Weatherhead were renowned for their craftsmanship which the Radiant Queen stands testimony to seventy years later.
She is of larch on oak construction and originally built as a herring ring netter under the name Ventura. As the herring industry was still in full swing in 1947, these boats were built with strength and manoeuvrability in mind with hauls in excess of 20 tonne being landed at any one time.
During her 70 years at sea she has served many different roles in various ports around Scotland and Ireland. In her last working role, the Radiant Queen operated as a renowned diving charter vessel in Scapa Flow, Orkney, diving some of the UK’s most famous wrecks.
The Radiant Queen has been converted with comfort and safety being of upmost importance. The Galley aft of the wheelhouse can seat all 12 passengers comfortably whilst still allowing views in every direction. Full access around the outside of the wheelhouse also means you won’t miss a thing when viewing wildlife during the cruise.
The Radiant Queen also offers bathroom and locker facilities and a seating area by the fireplace to warm the cockles on those cold Highland days that are all to common.
To access the lower deck, passengers are required to use a small ladder but assistance is offered to everyone aboard.