James V Hepburn & Co, Montrose
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    Does anyone know about this Aberdeen company that had a boatyard at Montrose just after WW2? They built a series of inshore trawlers in 1947 for Poland, through the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA)

    72-85grt, 24.0-25.0m loa, 21.9-22.9m lbp x 5.8m x 2.5m,
    1 x 6-cyl. 250bhp Ruston & Hornsby (except ALEKSY 4-cyl Petters 200bhp), 1 screw.
    HILARY, Gdy 115, SPDN (from 21.03.1947) = ARKA 94, Gdy 134 = Swi 60 = Wla 130
    WALERY, Gdy 116, SPDO (from 14.05.1947) = ARKA 96, Gdy 252 = Wla 67 = Hel 103 = IWONA
    JANUARY, Gdy 117, SPDP (from 21.08.1947) = Swi 61 = ARKA 97, Wla 68 = Swi 31 = Dar 23
    KSAWERY, Gdy 118, SPDQ (from 05.08.1948) = ARKA 95, Gdy 149 = Swi 59 = Wla 131
    ALEKSY, Gdy 119, SPDR (from 04.10.1947) = MICHAL SIEDLECKI (fishery research)
    DAMAZY, Gdy 120 [not dompleted due to yard liquidation]

    It was thought that they might have been follow on vessels from an Admiralty MFV order, but cannot find that Hepburn was in that programme. Indeed it is not clear when he started building at Montrose or whether they built any other vessels. Unfortunately the company went into liquidation in October 1947 before the order could be completed:
    http://www.edinburgh-gazette.co.uk/i...s/447/page.pdf


    David

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    The yard began in August 1945 with the building of a 60ft wooden fishing boat for English owners. The formal opening ceremony was on August 31st.
    Douglas
    www.fishingboatheritage.com

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    Thank you, Douglas. I wonder whether it was the Polish order which pushed the shipbuilder under.

    David

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