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Invergordon Harbour
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Harbour

A scene at the harbour. Any idea who the people are?
Picture added on 12 May 2004
Comments:
Foreground is the pontoon moored at the Centre Pier with the Old Admiralty pier in the background. Pic dated between the wars??
Added by Ronald Stewart on 28 September 2005
The boat owned by Angus Ross Rossal features in Pic No 345 Invergordon Harbour; it had a raised coachroof with side and foredecks - the length seems similar, but this vessel is flush decked.
A different vessel I would think.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 14 October 2005
Ron, is that not the sail boat owned by Freda Ross's (Rossal) father? I remember he had one similar. That might give an idea who the people are.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 14 October 2005
Think I have a photograph of the boat - I'll post it when I dig it out of the box. I sailed in it a few times. Murdo (Maclellan's?) father bought the boat in the end. I know who you are talking about as the owner of the boat, but am not sure of his name - he lived in Barbaraville I believe. The Hugh Ross I remember was a farmer near Fearn. He also had a sailing boat, called the Ulva I think.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 27 December 2005
I remember Hugh Ross well, Harry, and ironically he came up in a conversation I was having with Bessie Anderson on Xmas Eve.
I think Hugh worked in the Dockyard in his earlier years but I'm not certain. I remember him in his later years and despite having lost a leg I am sure he still used a bike. He lived in one of the pensioner's houses round about the bottom of Park Lane. I remember him having a bit of a booming voice, pretty shrill and not shy to use it!
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 27 December 2005
Hugh Ross, a farmer from Lochslin Fearn, who passed away about 40 years ago, owned the Elf at one time. The Elf was also owned by the late Phil Durham who had lost the use of his legs. The Elf is now lying derelict behind Tomich Farm, rather a sad end for a vessel over 100 years old. It's a rather sad picture all round Harry!!!
Added by Ronald Stewart on 27 December 2005
Does anyone out there remember a Hugh Ross? If my memory serves me correctly he lost his legs and had a Yacht named The Elf.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 27 December 2005
Harry, the Hugh Ross you refer to did indeed farm at Lochslin. He was a native of Invergordon and his mother lived in Ardnamara, opposite the war memorial . Hugh was also County Commisioner of the Boy Scouts. He was a brother-in-law of John Reid the Painter, and his sons still farm Lochslin.
Graham, the Hugh Ross you refer to did indeed work in the dockyard and lost his leg in a accident while at work. He was a great bowler despite his incapacity and also a great raconteur. But to my recollection he did not participate in sailing.
Eddie, I think I know who you are referring to - his name was Iain Ross who had a wooden leg (who lived in Barbaraville) and owned a boat. I remember him from the old boat club beside the ferry slip.
Added by John Mitchell on 28 December 2005
Then of course there was Ian Ross from Kildary, a one legged man who owned the yacht Redwing!!!!!!!
Added by Ronald Stewart on 28 December 2005
Ronald and John, thanks very much for the info on Hugh Ross. It's coming back to me now that you mention his mother's house Ardnamara....damn shame about the condition of his yacht that he was so proud of. As it is over 100 years old it would be a great restoration project if it is not too far gone.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 29 December 2005
Hello John. Yes you are correct, I couldn't remember Iain's first name, only his second and the fact he had lost a leg. It always amazed me how he managed to get into his sailing boat - this is the one I have the photograph of. He eventually purchaced a motor boat which he kept in the harbour.
Talking about sail boats, can anyone remember the names of the other big yachts which were owned by Iain(?) Moodie, and the farmer (can't remember his name) over in the Black Isle. I crewed for Hugh Ross and there was some real competition during the regattas between these boats.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 30 December 2005
At this point I must put on my salesmans hat and suggest you all purchase a copy of "A Century of Sail" by John Macmillan ISBN 0-9541023-0-4, published by Invergordon Boating Club and available for just 9.50 + p&p.
The book provides the answers to many of the above queries and a lot more besides!
Added by Ronald Stewart on 31 December 2005
Quite right Ron, sell some books...to your question Eddie..Ian Moodie owned Arielle, a 6 metre that he bought from Richard Brooke from Cromarty (I sailed with Ian for years). Brookie bought Salotte...then later Sabrina..which in turn was purchased by Hugh Ross when he changed Ulva..the other was Vorsa..Stubbs Salvesen owned her..Arielle was wrecked on the Clyde..Ulva was sunk in the North Sea..no info on the fate of the others..sorry. Regards Duncan Murray.
Added by Duncan Murray on 29 March 2006
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