Hanging on the wall at reception in the Crusoe Hotel is an old photograph of the hotel circa 1900, with a substantial double-masted vessel berthed in front of it in the harbour. The boat in question is the Erika, a Russian schooner.
In 1885 while visiting Montrose, Erika featured in newspapers, having lost a man overboard in a terrific storm. The above piece is from the 16 October 1885 Dundee Evening Telegraph. The piece tells us that Erika belonged to the port of Abo in FInland (also known as Turku, pictured below) which was Russian controlled at the time. The vessel had been laden with battens to be delivered to the woodyard of Robert Millar and sons. The firm's more modern sawmill is shown in the photograph at the foot of the post. What type of cargo the Erika was bringing to Largo is unclear, as is how regular a visitor she was.
With thanks to John Downie for help identifying the Erika.