THE CREW of HMS Montrose this week further strengthened its link with its namesake town by donating a unique model of the vessel to Montrose Museum.
Commanding officer Commander Jonathan Lett presented the detailed 1:100 scale ship to Angus Provost Ruth Leslie Melville at the museum on Monday.
He and three crew members made the presentation on one of their regular visits to the town to visit Rosemount Primary School and Dorward House, with whom they have a particularly close affiliation.
The model was used by the Department of Naval Recruitment at publicity and recruiting shows and Cdr Lett came up with the idea for its new home after he was approached by the navy, which had no further use for it. He had visited the museum on a previous trip to town and remembered its displays of Montrose’s maritime heritage
He said: “When the director of naval recruiting asked if I had any use for the model of HMS Montrose, I realised where it had to go. Hopefully this will bring the kids in to the museum to see the model and help keep the link going.”
Mrs Leslie Melville also said she hoped the model would be of interest to the town’s youngsters.
She said: “I’m quite sure especially our younger children, who have such a strong bond with the ship and crew, are going to enjoy coming to see it.”
The current HMS Montrose was built at Yarrows Shipbuilders in Glasgow and was launched officially by her sponsor, Lady Edith Rifkind, on the July 31, 1992.
The model is one of a number of Type 23 frigates, but is the only one with a cutaway on the ship’s side, allowing some of the interior to be seen.