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Aerial View of Invergordon looking North-East
The Invergordon Archive
Aerial View of Invergordon looking North-East

This aerial photo is thought to date from the early 1960s because it seems to show the Distillery but not the Academy.
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Picture added on 06 January 2016 at 10:40
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and two temporary classrooms in the field by the church. I've an idea there were more later. Is that right?
Added by Brian McKenzie on 22 January 2016
What is what looks like a white building at the corner of the middle pier? I remember that Dougal had his store in the sheds that were close to the corner, but I can't see them in the picture.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 22 January 2016
I don't know Eddie, it is also in picture #1698 which is dated 1916.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 22 January 2016
Did that building not house a fire pump and engine?
Added by Gordie Peterson on 25 January 2016
The building was on the west side of the west harbour. I don't know what the original usage was but when I was a youngster it was the home of the local Fire Brigade as GP suggests. It was a very large building, at least two floors high and maybe an attic above.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 25 January 2016
Is the old rubbish tip still there by the Black park football ground?
Added by Doug Will on 25 January 2016
Some confusion here, Eddie mentioned the white bldg. on the middle pier. I don't remember it at all.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 25 January 2016
The building Graham remembers is the old NAFFI store, the building on the centre pier housed a static fire pump, with pipes going down into the sea, I assume to pump fire water to the tanks if they went up.
Added by Gordie Peterson on 26 January 2016
The building next to the white building was the RAF place then it was Skipper Ross house then slipway ferry shed then cement shed.
Added by Gordon Will on 26 January 2016
Gordie ... I do remember the building with a NAFFI connection now you mention it. I am sure it housed the fire service late '50s early '60s before the station moved to Clyde Street behind the council offices. I am sure the NAFFI building had a big siren mounted high up on the wall to summon the fire service volunteers befroe the days of bleepers and mobile phones.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 26 January 2016
Hi Gordie, You are right about the bigger white building at the top of the west pier (was this not called the RAF pier?). I'm looking at a building on the knuckle of the middle pier. Now someone mentions it I do remember something about a pump that was located inside it.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 02 February 2016
For NAFFI, read NAAFI (Naval Army & Air Force Institutes) formed in 1921. The fire brigade moved from their premises on Clyde Street (picture #577) to the old NAAFI around 1960, then moved again when a combined fire station and training school were built north of the current academy.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 02 February 2016
What a great aerial view of old Invergordon, much detail, I recognise many of the buildings and of course the old Shore Road. I remember the white building on the corner of the middle pier with the pipes going down into the sea, there was also a line of wooden sheds that extended from there along that arm of the pier.
Regarding the NAAFI/Fire Station building a closer view can be obtained from picture #1659 and picture #1665.
Added by Eddie Malicki on 04 February 2016
Yes, this is the town pretty much as I remember it when I was young. Great pic!
Added by Bill Geddes on 26 February 2016
I think when I went to school there around 1958, that white building had something to do with the RAF; I always remember it also had the fire siren attached to the wall, so we knew John the chipper was on the way and all was well, god bless him. what a wonderful man he was.

Added by David Gow on 23 April 2016
Mentioning the Fire Brigade reminds me there used to be the carriage of an old style fire engine abandonded further towards the Saltburn end of town. It used to lie outside a long white stone building on the way to the Swimming pool. I wonder if it survived?
Added by Bill Geddes on 24 April 2016
David, the RAF occupied the smaller white building beside the larger white Naafi/Fire station. It was used latterly as a watch room for keeping an eye on the RAF vessels on moorings in the Firth.
Added by Ron Stewart on 24 April 2016
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