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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Harbour
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Harbour

Invergordon Harbour and what appears to be a raft - perhaps the Raft Race or similar?
Picture added on 12 May 2004
Comments:
Yes, I agree the date's way out - usually if the date is not known 1900 is put in. Janet Robb talks about 1936 so have used this date - correct me if I'm wrong.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 05 September 2004
Janet Robb's comment on picture #179 could be referring to this picture - she makes comment on doing the highland fling on a pontoon platform - this could be her. I doubt the date is 1900 as I see a buoy boat in background, more likely in 30s.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 05 September 2004
This would have been at the annual regatta, which included sailing and motor boat racing, swimming races, water polo, dancing, life saving demonstrations, etc. Special trains ran to Invergordon from far and wide for the event. "A Century of Sail" produced by Invergordon Boating Club records that "a team of Highland dancers performed on a raft in the middle of the harbour", also that a diving team from HMS Moorfowl gave a diving demonstration at one regatta. The vessel dressed overall in the pic, appears to be of the same class as HMS Moorfowl, and may indeed be that ship. The raft in the harbour was also used as a mock barber shop for "fun" events where volunteers were presumably lathered up and tipped in to the harbour.
The use of the raft was I think a good idea, as it permitted all the spectators thronging the harbour walls to get an unimpeded view of proceedings.
Probably 1928-1932.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 18 September 2005
This did make me laugh!!! What a ridiculous thing to do but so funny!!! Were the dancers picked to go onto the pontoon the ones that were very good, thus no danger of them falling in, or were they the badly behaved ones sent out to sea as punishment???? Will smile over this for some time!! Never get away with it now, they would be forced to wear life jackets!! health & safety issues!!!
Added by Anon on 18 September 2005
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