From modest beginnings…

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 …

Manxie

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 …

WORLD WAR ONE VETERAN WAS BUILT TO LAST

WORLD WAR ONE VETERAN WAS BUILT TO LAST

This month, MPA archivist, John Aitken charts the 104-year history of a Montrose-built steam tug. Due to undergo partial re-tubing of her boiler in Liverpool docklands is the Montrose-built steam tug Kerne. Launched from the Waterside yard of The Montrose Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in late December, 1912 as the Viking, she was taken up by the Admiralty the following year …