Crews can cruise into Montrose

Peter Donald and his new vehicle to transport seafarers
Peter Donald and his new vehicle to transport seafarers

Seafarers and crews visiting Montrose can now cruise into the town with a new transport facility.

Thanks to a generous donation from a local benefactor and grants from maritime charities, the Sailors’ Society port chaplain Peter Donald has been equipped with a new seven-seater vehicle, which will enhance the service he provides for visitors to the port.

He said: “I can now offer transport to any of the crews who want to visit the town, something that is of particular value to those whose ships are berthed on the south side of the river.

“With room for up to six passengers I can offer day trips to places of interest for visitors whose vessels are in port for a few days.”

Although Peter is also the Sailors’ Society chaplain for Dundee and Perth, the recent expansion and increased traffic at Montrose have made it his principal place of work, and he is kept busy visiting every ship to welcome the crews to the port.

Peter continued: “Local information, maps, mobile phone top-ups, magazines, books, woolly hats and warm clothing are always popular with the crews and they are pleased to find a Seafarers Centre where they can access internet facilities to contact their families at home.”

The centre on Meridian Street opened in February 2008 and is run by members of Montrose Churches Together. More volunteers are needed and anyone interested should call Peter on 07833140202.