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Sudden death of Titanic Stan

By Neil MacPhail


THERE is a question mark over the future of Inverness’s maritime visitor attraction following the sudden death of the owner.

The centre gained much publicity when Stan Fraser (53) created the main attraction, a striking 88ft scale model of the ill-fated RMS Titanic, in the grounds of the Old Toll House in Clachnaharry Road.

A police spokesman said: "We were called to a property in the Clachnaharry area following the sudden death of a 53-year-old man on Saturday, April 7. There are no suspicious circumstances and a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal."

Mr Fraser built up ShipSpace over the years, with visitors allowed free entry but being invited to make a contribution to the RNLI.

Mr Fraser, who suffered from ME, staged annual summertime rock band party nights that were famous among locals and his friends.

This week the gate was padlocked and no-one came to the door.

ShipSpace received mixed reviews online, but many were tributes from visitors such as: "Bonkers, but in a good way. I can’t believe this is the work of one man. A must for all Titanic buffs and anyone interested in maritime social history. Well worth a visit."

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