Last year, the Montrose-built steam tug Kerne celebrated the centenary of her completion by Montrose Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Her history was told in an exhibition held in Montrose Museum over the past few months and on completion of this event two of the tug’s present owners - North Western Steamship Company - came north to uplift the artefacts and related memorabilia.
This presented an opportunity to hand over a photograph of the Kerne, formerly Terrier and Viking, to officials of the Kerne Preservation Society.
The photo was taken by Mike Clark during a visit to the Ellesmere Boat Museum when he and Shipping Line’s columnist John Aitken sailed on board the tug along the Manchester Ship Canal to Salford Quays
During the course of the recent exhibition mounted by the local museum staff, further information has been gathered of the Terrier’s duties during two World Wars at Chatham Dockyard when she was closely involved in moving large Royal Navy warships around very confined waters.
In addition, the pages of the Review files have revealed that wreckage of the steam paddle tug Anglia, which had towed the Viking back from Dundee where she had received her engine and boiler, was removed by the Norwegian Salvage Co. from Scurdyness in 1914 for the sum of £50.
After a winter programme of repair and maintenance at Sandon Dock, Liverpool, the Kerne begins her spring programme with a sailing across the Mersey, then along the Ship Canal to a berth close to the Lowry and Media City at Manchester where she will be open to the public.