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By John Aitken On Saturday, 22nd January, 1921 an unforeseen mishap occurred in Montrose caused by a fierce gale and a subsequent tidal surge.  Some estimates put the rise in the river at 20 feet, almost two feet above prediction, the result being that the initial launches from the Coaster Construction Co. Ltd.’s shipyard were aborted.  Much interest had been Read more...
July 19, 2021


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By all accounts there must have been more people at the harbour than for many a day when the London “beat-the-strike” vessel Velazquez sailed for Grimsby for dry docking. Estimates of upwards of 300 bystanders were reported in the vicinity of the Wet Dock when she eased through the narrow entrance. The crew had made many friends in the town Read more...
October 2, 2019

Great Occasions

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An article in a New Zealand daily newspaper of February 14, 1924 reported: “Inaha Arrives. Montrose to Wellington. An Interesting Vessel.” The news item continued: “An interesting arrival at Wellington this morning was the motor-ship Inaha from Montrose, Scotland via (several) ports. The vessel was inspected by the port authorities and later berthed at No. 4 Queen’s Wharf. “Her interest Read more...
August 19, 2019

Long Distance Delivery

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30 dogs and their owners turned out on Sunday July 21st to commemorate a very special four-legged wartime hero. St Bernard Bamse was owned by Captain Hafto of the Norwegian Navy and went to sea with him on board the minesweeper Thorodd during the Second World War. He achieved legendary status in Montrose and Dundee, where the Thorodd was stationed, Read more...
July 26, 2019

75th Anniversary Bamse Memorial Dog Walk

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In late September, 1867 a large number of people gathered at the East Quay to witness the first composite vessel ever to be built in Montrose from the shipyard of Joseph Birnie & Co. However, all did not go to plan straightaway. The rope holding her on the slip had been cut and the appropriate signal given but the launch Read more...
July 26, 2019

Ocean Nomads

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