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Tartan Details - Russian Arctic Convoy

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Russian Arctic Convoy" tartan is shown below. 

Reference: 11463
Designer: Wilton, Brian
Tartan date: 01/12/2014
Registration date: 11 February 2016
Category: Commemorative
Restrictions: Yes. Cannot be offered for sale or woven without the express permission of the Russian Consul General, Edinburgh or his designated agents.



Registration notes: With echoes of the MacLeod and MacKenzie tartans from the clanlands bordering Loch Ewe, departure point for so many of the World War II Arctic Convoys to Archangel and Murmansk, the Russian Arctic Convoy tartan encapsulates the essential colours remembered by convoy veterans. Colours of dread, death and destruction but colours too of bravery, hope and survival. White brings a multitude of memories: ice flows, wind-whipped wave-tops, snow and ice-encrusted superstructures and today the classic white berets of the surviving veterans. Grey is for the sea and the sky, for allied battleships and the ever-threatening German U-Boats. Black is for line upon line of German bombers and their devastating cargoes whilst silver is the most chilling sight of all, the bubbles in the wake of an oncoming torpedo. Brightening the hopes of many thousands of those Arctic mariners however, was the red in the White Ensign of the escorting Royal Naval vessels; the red of the merchantmen's own flag, the Red Duster, and the red in the Russian national flag.
Registrant details: Mr Brian Wilton, Garden Studio 25, Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland, PH7 3AY
[email protected]
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