Longest standing Montrose coxswain ties up after 41 years

Pictured front centre is John Kenny with wife Flora (right) and grandson Kyle (left) and colleagues and friends
Pictured front centre is John Kenny with wife Flora (right) and grandson Kyle (left) and colleagues and friends

The longest-standing coxswain at Montrose Port Authority has piloted his last boat into the harbour.

John Kenny (64) has retired after 41 years of service.

He started as coxswain in 1974 in his early 20s and moved up the ranks to senior coxswain.

John is handing over the ropes to his grandson Kyle (20), who is training to be a coxswain.

He said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working for Montrose Port Authority.

“I’ve seen a lot of ships over the years.”

He added one of the vessels he remembered the most was the first ship the new pilot boat Celurra in the 1980s brought into the harbour - the Tender Commander, an offshore supply ship which was based in Great Yarmouth.

Harbour Master, Thomas Hutchison, said: “A lot of the ways we now manoeuvre ships and do things is thanks to John.

“He’s always remained calm no matter what and never got flustered.

“He’ll be sorely missed.”

John said the first thing he is going to do in his retirement is visit son John jnr and five-year-old grandson Obrey in Australia.