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Invergordon Postcard
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Invergordon Postcard

A composite postcard showing a variety of views, some of which have been seen before. The precise date of the card is not known.
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Picture added on 02 August 2012 at 22:42
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I Googled F93 and HMS Vigilant came up. When was the fountain moved from the cross roads?
Anonymous comment added on 08 August 2012
The fountain was moved around 1955 due to it being constantly run into by Davidson the farmer from The Mains.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 09 August 2012
The Frigates and Destroyers always anchored to the west of the slipway and larger ships like Cruisers and Aircraft Carriers to east of the Admirality Pier.
Added by Gordon Will on 09 August 2012
Remember they used to sometimes get the Welcome and three of her sister ships moored at the center pier.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 09 August 2012
Regarding date of post card, the ship at bottom right was an older vessel modified to become a Type 15 frigate, HMS Vigilant (F93), and came into service in September 1953.

Added by Ronald Stewart on 13 August 2012
The Welcome was a Minesweeper and was based at Invergordon for quite some time around 1952.
Added by Billy Geddes on 16 August 2012
My husband Jock Robb was on the Welcome, until they were sent off to the Korean War in '52 and ended up in Sasebo, Japan. They were on their way back home eventually, only to be turned back for the Suez Crisis and didn't get home until 1954.
Added by Jessie Robb (nee Andrews) on 19 September 2012
This postcard is a perfect representation of my memory of Invergordon in the '50s. I gaze at these pictures and hundreds of memories come flooding back. It often seemed boring to be a child there but in reality we had lots of fun and it was so safe to wander around and do whatever you fancied.
Added by Bill Geddes on 20 September 2012
Hi Bill, I do not remember too many other cards of the town but do remember this one.
I agree with you re the town being safe for children. Our elders did not put up with any trouble and dealt with it personally.
Never found it to be boring though as there was always something happening, fleet coming in, tatties, football, helping on the ferry, making our own fun.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 20 September 2012
This is a great postcard Lachlan. I agree with Harry and Bill, it brings back many happy memories and the freedom we had as kids. Harry, the first time I went to the "tatties" I thought I was paralyzed the next morning when I couldn't move. However that soon wore off when I had to get up and catch the bogey to Inverbreakie farm. Good times !!!
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 24 September 2012
As this is the '50s I guess the Aircraft Carrier in the distance may be HMS Eagle. She was the biggest ship in the Navy at the time and when she came into the Firth she had to be berthed in deep water which meant being some way out from the pier.
Added by Bill Geddes on 24 September 2012
I can't remember an aircarft carrier berthing at the pier, they always seemed to berth out from the pier and a little bit to the east.
I remember the Eagle, the Ark Royal and I think the Hermes but the most frequent carrier that I can recall was HMS Centaur and the Dutch Karl Dorman.
My eldest brother recently gave me a DVD which he had copied from old cine camera and one of the bits was of myself as an 8/9 year old on HMS Eagle on an open day.
Wonderful memories of the fantastic sights of the fleet in Invergordon - it really was an amazing sight.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 25 September 2012
Both correct re Carriers, always anchored just off Jemimaville. Eagle and Ark Royal being the most frequent as I recall. I think I remember the Vanguard being at the Admiralty Pier. She was quite a sight to behold.
We all remember the open days Graham, don't know about you but we always aimed the guns at the school. Pom-poms etc.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 25 September 2012
Hi Rosalie I cannot imagine today's youngsters even getting up as early as we did never mind the back breaking tattie picking. If I recall didn't we used to get an extra week off school for the picking? How old would we have been?
Added by Janet Shoosmith (Macpherson) on 26 September 2012
You're right Harry. I can remember the Vanguard being berthed at the Admiralty pier. The other carriers which used to come in with the fleet were Implacable, Idomintable and Indefatagable. Other ships I remember of that time were battle class Destroyers: Broadsword, Battleaxe, Barossa, Cadiz, Corruna. It was a wonderful sight at nightime to see the ships berthed in line with all their lights ablaze.
Added by Bill Geddes on 26 September 2012
Not to forget the Bulwark. The carriers used to normally moor up at the "battleship" buoy which was closest to the Admiralty pier. Probably so the Admirals didn't have to spend so much time in their liberty boat.
Yes it was some sight the fleet in port. Do you remember when they used to lower the flags in the evening, all the sailors within sight of the flagship had to stand to attention and salute the flag while it was being lowered.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 26 September 2012
Remember helping Ted Abbrow taking people to the Eagle on Sundays - if right he charged 3 pence. Started tattie picking when 12 or 13, got 15 shillings from most farms except the Mains which was 10 shillings. It went up to one pound my last year, got the same for planting. Old tattie bag cut with hole and round your neck and off you went. Think first farm to get picker was Rosskeen.
Added by Gordon Will on 26 September 2012
Hi Gordon, did the tattie planting too, heel and toe, remember?
Janet, yes you are right, we got an exemption from school, which was an added bonus for us who just loved school.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 26 September 2012
Hi Janet, Gordon and Harry, yes! we did get an extra week off school for the tatties. Hard work but great times. The money was good too. It was so cold that early in the morning too.
Added by Rosalie Graham (Samaroo) on 29 September 2012
Got warm when picking tatties as mollies was always glogged up with mud, started with the spinner then they brought out the chain lifter which was lot easier as they where not spread out so much. We had book for farmer to sign and we had three weeks off.
Added by Gordon Will on 29 September 2012
Yes Gordon, we hated the spinner. Do you remember taking a turn on the harrows? If you looked like you were having it easy, the others that were picking would let you have it as you went by, usually with a choice rotten potato fired at your rear-end.
I always took the exemption from school much to Gogglie's displeasure.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 30 September 2012
I thought it was Teddy Abra, but Abbrow is probably correct. I'd love to see a photo of his old Balblair Ferry boat. Lachlan
Added by Lachlan Munro on 12 November 2012
Ted had two boats one was called Kirsty cannot remember others name it was old lifeboat think from Arbroath, had steel keel and was double skinned.
Added by Gordon Will on 13 November 2012
'The Modern Girl' was the name of the ex lifeboat that Ted had, belonged to Dougal Mackintosh prior to that. When Ted got rid of 'The Modern Girl' he bought another boat from Avoch that, although I sailed on it and the others many a time, I honestly don't believe it had a name. Lestways not that I recall.
Added by Duncan Murray on 22 November 2012
I remember the wee grey life-boaty sort of thing.
Added by Lachlan Munro on 23 November 2012
Graham I remember the Dutch carrier the Karl Dorman and it must have berthed at the pier as we were taken on a trip from school. We saw over the ship, watched a film and were given ice cream and dutch chocolate...
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 08 December 2012
Was onboard HMS Welcome 1954-1955 as Captain of the Sweep Deck Leading Seaman. Married local girl Mabel Cambell from Evanton - my name Andrew Murray. Great Days. Have been married 58 years. Happy Ship.
Added by L/SEA Andrew Murray on 21 December 2013
Was part of crew when photo was taken of HMS Vigilant. 17 yrs old at time.
Added by Peter Smith on 05 October 2016
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