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The Coaster Construction Co. Ltd. on Rossie Island shipyard resumed work after the New Year holidays in January, 1926 by launching the motor vessel Kybra built to the order of the Western Australia State Shipping Service. She was designed for the coastal trade as a passenger cargo ship from Fremantle round the south coast to Eucla. Of 858-ton gross, 204 Read more...
September 14, 2023

Little Aussie Towed Disabled Freighter

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At the naming of a passenger day steamer converted from a World War One minesweeper, the main speaker at the ceremony quoted the Biblical phrase describing the ship Lady Cynthia and her “sister” Lady Cecilia, as having, “turned swords into ploughshares.” It was felt the saying to be appropriate as both vessels had been built and completed in 1919 as twin-screw minesweepers Read more...
May 31, 2023


Montrose Port Authority officially named its new £800,000 pilot boat, South Esk, with an intimate quayside blessing on Friday 19th May at the RNLI Montrose Lifeboat Station on the Port’s North Quay. In marine tradition, the boat was blessed by Montrose Sailors’ Society’s Port Chaplain, Peter Donald, along with the vessel’s godmother, Jane Stuart, who is married to Peter Stuart, Read more...
May 22, 2023

Montrose Port christens £800,000 pilot boat with whisky blessing

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Montrose Port was honoured to welcome HMS Montrose as her last port of call ahead of her decommissioning in April 2023.  The Type 23 Duke Class Frigate, which has sailed over 400,000 miles since her launch in 1992, visited her affiliated town of Montrose from 11th – 14th March. She was greeted by members of Angus Council, RNLI Montrose and Read more...
March 31, 2023

The final visit of HMS Montrose

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The Lady Alexandra or rather Lady Alex as she was familiarly known to many residents of British Columbia, was completed by the Coaster Construction Company on Rossie Island, Montrose in the early 1920s to the order of the Union Steamship Company of Vancouver, Canada. She was launched on February, 1924 with her construction having commenced the previous October. She was designed Read more...
December 19, 2022

Remembering the “Lady Alex”

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