Wooden Box made by T. S. Mars Boys

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Turned yew box made by TS Mars Boys

Donated by Miss Fairweather
Museum number 1986-289

The Mars was built in the 1840s as a warship. She was later anchored in the Tay and was used as a training ship for delinquent or disadvantaged boys.

The boys received a basic education. The majority were trained for life at sea, although crafts such as shoemaking and tailoring were also taught.

The boys did not specialise in one skill; besides carpentry they also learned metalworking, blacksmithing, rope making and sail making. The wood used to make this box is said to be from a thousand year old yew tree at Monk's Grotto, Birkhill, Fife.

Wooden Box made by T. S. Mars Boys
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