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Naming ceremony for new Montrose boat pilot

Montrose Pilot Boat. Aberdeen Port Chaplain Pastor Howard Drysdale led a prayer for the new Pilot Boat North Esk which was then blessed with the traditional quaich of whisky by Justine Scott-Gray wife of Montrose Port Authority C.E.O. Nik Scott-Gray at a naming ceremony at the harbour

A new pilot boat for Montrose Port was named today (25 September) at a special ceremony on the North Quay of the Angus port.

Named the North Esk, she replaces the Mare Rosa which has retired after six years’ service at Montrose.
The naming ceremony was carried out by Justine Scott-Gray, the wife of Nik Scott-Gray, the chief executive of Montrose Port Authority (MPA). Just prior to the naming, the craft was blessed by the Reverend Howard Drysdale, Port Chaplain for Aberdeen Harbour.

The North Esk was formerly the RNLI Tyne-class lifeboat Hilda Jarrett that was based in Baltimore, Ireland, from 1988 to 2012. During her time as a lifeboat she acquitted herself well, including being involved in the rescue of the 21 crew of the yacht Rambler 100 that capsized during the Fastnet Race in August 2011.

She has been specially converted for her new role as a pilot boat by Mackay Builders of Arbroath.

Nik Scott-Gray, chief executive of MPA, said: “The commissioning of the North Esk is part of our fleet renewal process and we are delighted she is now fully operational. The port is experiencing a steady increase in traffic and this new vessel will play an important role in ensuring the efficient movement of shipping.”

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