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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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By John Aitken 1922, the reputation of the Coaster Construction Company shipyard on Rossie Island, Montrose for high class workmanship was obviously travelling far and wide as they received an order for a twin-screw ferry for Eastbourne Council in North Island, New Zealand. Their successful tender was one of several which had been vetted by a prominent naval architect of Read more...
July 18, 2022

Muritai – A New Zealand Veteran

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By John Aitken In the edition of April 6th, 1923 the “Montrose Review” reported on the launch of the TST Alsatia from the Rossie Island shipyard of the Coaster Construction Co. Ltd, an event which was witnessed by a large company of spectators.  She had  been named by Mrs Lyon, wife of the marine superintendent of the new ship’s owners the Read more...
May 2, 2022

A tender built for Cunard

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By John Aitken The Coaster Construction Company Limited started off in a rather modest way on Rossie Island, Montrose in 1920. Their first commercial vessel was the small coaster appropriately named Rossie, constructed on spec to give the new workforce experience in costing, estimating, design and construction including riveting and the finishing trades. On completion, she was used to fit Read more...
February 1, 2022

From modest beginnings…

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By John Aitken It was planned by the Coaster Construction Company Limited to launch the collier Southquay from their new shipyard on Rossie Island, Montrose on the penultimate Saturday of January, 1921. As it happened the weather intervened with a strong tidal surge in the River South Esk and the arrangements were put back to the following Tuesday afternoon. A Read more...
September 28, 2021


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