The adventurous owners of a toy pirate ship which was launched from the north-east to fulfil a childhood Sand Bucket List have been buoyed by news it was spotted just a few weeks ago near Barbados.
Named Adventurer, the modified PlayMobil ship has sailed thousands of miles across the Atlantic and into the Caribbean Sea but is now drifting without satellite tracking contact to its Aberdeenshire schoolboy owners.
Turriff brothers, Ollie, 8, and Harry Ferguson, 6, launched their PlayMobil ship from Peterhead in May last year as part of their 500-strong list of things to do before Ollie’s 18th birthday.
A year later, the pirate ship has sailed 3,703 miles unassisted and was last seen heading towards Barbados, just before the battery on its tracking system died.
Now the boys have installed a replica boat in Alford’s Grampian Transport Museum as part of their toy’s adventurous expedition and hope the original will go on display there if it is ever found.
Last night their dad Mac Ferguson said the ship had been spotted in a “valiant salvage attempt” just 30 miles from the coast of Barbados.
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