Arctic convoy museum nets donation from naval charity

The Russian Arctic Convoy Museum project in Wester Ross has received a £2,250 donation from a naval charity.

As well as the cash boost, the museum project has been presented with several framed mementos
from the London Flotilla – which was recently disbanded – including a message from the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas.

Lt. Commander Colin Mackay, treasurer of the charity, visited the Loch Ewe-based museum group and their exhibition in Inverasdale School earlier this month to make the presentation.

He said: “We wanted to select a location which told a fascinating wartime story involving a large fleet of Royal Navy vessels on which our RNV(S)R, and RNVR members served. From 1941-45 they offered protection to thousands of merchant ships, in the North Atlantic and in the Arctic, loaded with millions of tons of equipment bound for Russia, on an instruction from Winston Churchill, who described it as ‘the worst journey in the world’. This admirable museum project with an excellent exhibition will also enable our story to be told in perpetuity.”

Pictured is Lieutenant Commander Colin Mackay presenting a memento to the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum project in their exhibition in Inverasdale School, Loch Ewe