The 79-ton, iron-hulled, topsail schooner Mary Stewart was launched from the local shipyard of Messrs Black & Noble in Montrose in 1876.
She had been completed to the order of Captain James Stewart of Strone, Argyll. First registered at Greenock she traded to regions as far apart as Newfoundland and the Lower Baltic with her maiden voyage from Montrose to Dantzic with barrelled herrings.
In the 1890s she was sold to owners in Orkney and delivered coal cargoes to St Margaret’s Hope. Eventually she was engaged in the Bristol Channel as a motor ketch. She was then said to have finished with commercial activity in the mid-1950s and later laid up as a yacht in a Spanish port.
Is she lying in some sun-drenched lagoon in the tropics far from her birthplace on the east coast of Scotland or gone the way of many another well-built, long-lived vessel?
Montrose Port Authority