History of Montrose Port

At last week’s Brechin Rotary Club meeting Donald McIntyre invited Montrose Port Authority archivist John Aitken to speak.

John proceeded to fit in 800 years of history into the meeting, covering the first mention of the port in 13th Century French documents right through to developments in the last few years.

He said it was completed in 1843 after four years of sweat and grind, and was followed in 1880 by the construction of the harbour railway.

John outlined the ensuing ups and downs including bankruptcy in 1923 and being declared not fit for purpose in 1981. However, with a new deepwater wharf commissioned in 2011 with the capability of accommodating larger vessels, the Authority are harbouring positive thoughts for the future.

Rotary Club member Paul Roberts gave John a vote of thanks.

Pictured is John (centre) with Brechin Rotary Club President Ian McFatridge (left) and Donald.