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The Invergordon Archive

Saltburn Pier and the Smelter
The Invergordon Archive
Saltburn Pier and the Smelter

An aerial view looking north of the Pier and the fully operational Smelter.
Picture added on 27 May 2012 at 10:53
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Aluminium Smelter
Actually worked with Head Whriteson on construction of smelter in pot rooms - hilarious time. Squad was John Ross, Duggie Wright, LATE Jim Urquart, Eddie Stevenson, Colin Cooper, George Hendry from Nairn was Convenor. Our boss was Yorkie, Sandy Mackenzie was a manager and BIG jim Robertson was his sidekick. To this day I rate it as best craic ever, going to work in morning was like going to a football match, it was laugh a minute.
Added by Tommy Macallister on 24 June 2012
How much of this is still in situ? The closure was a major kick in the teeth to the town. This was after the Navy had pulled out. The oil and gas industry in Scotland will eventually begin to wind down and Invergordon will once more be left with the remains of an industry which came for short term gain.
Added by Bill Geddes on 31 July 2012
The pier is still intact and in use. The conveyor system was removed in the 1990s. Part of the old smelter itself are still about, but you can drive around the 'site' which is now a small industrial park - home to several businesses.
Added by JillianB on 18 August 2012
I would say this is well before 1976. There is no sign of MK Shand's yard where I worked in the mid '70s when I was a student. The temporary houses behind the school were for the Construction guys at the smelter site. We moved from Saltburn in July 1970 to Alness and the site was well under way then. I would say early '70s , '72 or '73.
Added by David Gordon on 12 June 2013
It must have been prior to Sept 1970 as there is nothing coming out of the Baking Furnace chimney and that started in September 1970 and that was the first part of the plant to start along with the Greenmill.
Added by Alistair Wilson on 18 September 2015
Smelter in progress 67 68 opened 1971 in production 1972. I remember being at Nigg just out of training school.
Previous to starting in Nigg 11/4/1972 I had done interview was okay to start in smelter, went along to start up, there we were following this gent getting our equipment, loads of protective gear I got wary so as we reached the pot rooms, the late Davie Robb made a statement !!!ow. Vow !! They'll be dropping like budgies. Well, I left the group and softly retreated, back to Nigg where I stayed for 20 years. So 1972 Nigg started and Smelter went into production.
Added by Tommy Macallister on 18 September 2015
I agree with David Gordon. I also worked there as a student in the summer of 1974. So this is certainly well before that year.

(Thank you for the information. I've changed the year from 1976 to 1972 - Site Admin.)
Added by David Kennedy on 12 January 2018
Does anyone know of photos taken inside the M K Shand works?
Added by David Kennedy on 12 January 2018
Worked more in pot room construction buzz bar instalion and on packing team big Steele mould inserted into pot we packed krylite
Added by Tommy Macallister on 13 January 2018
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