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The Invergordon Archive

The Invergordon Archive

Here is an old photo of Invergordon, date unknown. Shore Road seems to be just a gravel track, but as it's a tinted photo, perhaps the tinting has gone astray!
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Picture added on 10 June 2012 at 10:24
Fab pic Jim. The old cement shed beside the ferry is intact, I also see the prefabs in Outram Street, so late '40s early '50s would be the date. Maybe Malcolm could give us a larger version?
It is the clearest shot of my old building on Outram Street I have seen so far.

(Thanks for the reminder Harry, and I've altered the 'Year' to 1950 as this would be closer - Site Admin.)
Added by Harry O'Neill on 10 June 2012
Great picture, just as I remember it as a child.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 11 June 2012
The old cement shed burned down on a Sunday morning when I was about eight or nine (ie 1956/57). I remember my Dad chasing me back into the car as I tried to follow him onto the scene! It was quite a blaze.
Added by Fraser Dryden on 11 June 2012
Yes it was Fraser. It was also the end of our place to change into our swim trunks before challenging the freezing water of the firth.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 12 June 2012
You're right about the freezing water Harry - I don't know how we survived. And the swimming pool seemed even worse, requiring infusions of hot orange and Bovril to restore the circulation!
Added by Fraser Dryden on 12 June 2012
There seems to be an awful lot of red roofs or is it to do with artistic licence on the photographers part?
Added by Robbie Aburrow on 12 June 2012
I remember the oxo or bovril drinks at the open air pool. Strange that the adverse impact of the sea temperature seems to be proportional to age. More recent dips in Orkney 20 years ago and Whitby 5 years ago felt so much worse than the Invergordon pool!
Added by George Mackay on 12 June 2012
The hot Bovril or Oxo I remember Fraser, holding the cup steady was a feat, shivers. Getting in was the worst part, usually took a run at it.

Added by Harry O'Neill on 12 June 2012
I have fond memories of the open air pool. Bertie Cameron, Duggie Low and I used to walk the railway line from Alness to have a dip. We were not good swimming, but we loved it. We did have good training - Roddie Bell used to throw us in at Averon Bridge pool, we would head to far side drinking half the river on way across; dear me it is a wonder I'm still around - alas poor Bertie and Duggie have passed on.
Added by Tommy Macallister on 24 June 2012
I agree about the colour but nevertheless a great picture of the town as it was in the '50s. You also get a good idea of what has been lost. The area around the Shore Road was not particularly attractive but it did have some character. Nearly every street has a memory for me. I was quite distressed the last time I was home to see so much of the older part swept away.
Added by Bill Geddes on 31 July 2012
I am ex RAF; I came here after this picture was taken - too much has been lost when alternative sites were available.
Added by Colin Graham on 01 August 2012
Took another look at this one. The inner courtyard of the bone-mill can be seen where the rail lines curve into the dockyard in front of the large shed. This was always a busy place and had dark grey polished cobble stones.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 01 October 2012
Looking at picture and think this must be after 1950 because by the building to the right of the cement shed there used to be a toilet block and it was still there when I left for my National service in November 1950.
Added by Doug Will on 27 October 2012
I think that is the maggie the old ammo barge in the basin we used to get 303 bullets in the bilges to make squibs
Added by Willie Mackay on 19 January 2013
Hi Willie, funny you should mention that. My cousin Bob Birch just mentioned it to me in an email. He used to come up from Liverpool in some summers and remembers the Maggie, and the bits of cordite. All the best to you Willie.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 19 January 2013
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