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The Invergordon Archive

HMS Queen Elizabeth at Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
HMS Queen Elizabeth at Invergordon

HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently undergoing sea trials after leaving Rosyth dockyard where she was built. This was a planned visit and must have sparked memories for those who saw aircraft carriers in the Firth on a regular basis after the Second World War.
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Picture added on 14 July 2017 at 13:11
Great to see a Royal Navy ship back in Invergordon, albeit not commissioned but better than nothing.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 30 July 2017
Right on Eddie. I Remember how great the fleet looked in formation at their buoys in the Firth.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 02 August 2017
Yes, great to see an aircraft carrier in the Firth again. For anyone interested worth checking the following link at British Pathe films archive. It shows HM Queen Elizabeth inspecting the fleet on board the aircraft carrier HMS Albion at Invergordon in 1957.
Added by Graeme Askew on 03 August 2017
Hi Harry, yes it was really something to watch as the ships returned to the firth after their exercises. Watching the destroyers approaching their buoys, one got the feeling the Captains on each ship tried to show they could do it faster. Sometimes wondered how the whalers managed to get to the buoys in time and the destroyer stopped without hitting the buoy.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 04 August 2017
Hi Eddie, that reminds me of when the RN reserves used to come in, they had boats a bit smaller than a Frigate. They used to practice coming along-side the middle pier. Some were good at it others took many attempts.
My cousin Roy Daniels and I were in a row boat one time and we shot out from under the pier Interfering with one boats attempt, all heck broke loose with horns and whistles. We just kept on rowing..LOL
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 August 2017
Harry, I think they used minesweepers based in South Queensferry, and it wasn't unusual for one boat to use the one in front of as a brake.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 04 August 2017
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