Link between Cutty Sark and Arbroath

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A new project to maximise the Arbroath links with Hercules Linton, designer of the famous clipper ship Cutty Sark, is under way.

It is led by Dave Ramsay (pictured, right), Project Director of Mearns Heritage Services.

Inverbervie-born Linton completed his secondary education at the old Arbroath High School, now the Public Library, before joining Hall’s shipbuilding company in Aberdeen as an apprentice maritime draughtsman.

The famous Scottish sculptor Scott Sutherland was commissioned to create the original figurehead memorial to Linton in Inverbervie. Sutherland was also the sculptor who created the statue of Robert Burns in the grounds of Arbroath Public Library.

The Burns connection with Linton is very strong, with the name Cutty Sark being drawn from the famous Tam o’ Shanter poem.

The Cutty Sark Project is being developed in two distinct phases, with the first stage being the development of a ‘virtual’ Cutty Sark museum, and website, which will draw together all the local stories, exhibits, and images, to portray the life and times of Hercules Linton, set in the context of Angus and the Mearns.

This phase is being supported through the creation and design of a virtual Museum, through the work of George McGillivray, of Webecommarketing, who has a wide experience of designing rural and maritime heritage websites.

Internationally acclaimed shipwreck diver Rod McDonald, from Stonehaven, and author of many books on shipwrecks, will be supplying and presenting the underwater footage of the shipwrecks along the Angus and Mearns coastline, bringing together a comprehensive website, which will portray our rich maritime heritage, above and below the waves.

From the official crew records of the Cutty Sark, one Arbroath man is listed as J. Purvis, born 1842, and in 1880 he was Second Mate on her outward and return voyages.

Any individual or group interested in being involved in the first phase of the project should contact Dave direct: d_ramsay_mail@yahoo.co.uk