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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Harbour
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Harbour

Panorama of the harbour and town from a warship. The year is not known.
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Picture added on 13 May 2004
This picture was taken in 1919
Added by Colin D Mackenzie on 27 October 2004
Need to correct myself here, the gentleman's name was not Mackenzie, but Maclean. He was Kenny (Pussy) Maclean's father....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 26 June 2006
Douglas, don't know when the pier with the gangway was removed, certainly before yours and my time. But I do remember seeing the stumps under the water when fishing off this pier. I also remember some of the pensioners used to get their exercise on this pier, walking back and forth. One that comes to memory was Mr Mackenzie who lived near you on Shore road he was the doorman at the picture house for a while.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 26 June 2006
Looks like I was wrong (again) - even the first pier (RAF) at the date shown had a kink in it and by the looks of it a pontoon. Wonder when they removed the kink there? The building on the left hand pier was used by the RAF as a rest area for the airsea rescue boats and other boat crews. On the right hand side of this pier were tied up the ASR launches and in the inner harbour were all the different launches used to ferry loads out to the seaplanes. On the top left of the pier next to the NAAFI building was the control tower.
Added by Doug Will on 26 June 2006
There is a steam crane in this picture. I wonder if it is the same one that used to be parked just inside the corrugated iron gates where the railway went into the Dockyard. It was still there in the fifties and I have a vague recollection of seing it on the move. Does anyone remember barage balloons being put up for practice in the waste ground inside the RN compound?
Added by Bill Geddes on 28 June 2006
Hello Bill. From what I remember, the crane was not as wide as the one in the picture, and it didn't have any windows. Maybe they rebuilt the cab at some time. Yes I used to watch the balloons being launched and retreived. They looked huge at the time, but guess they weren't really that big at all.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 05 July 2006
Hi Bill, I also remember the barrage ballons being set up....just in front of Mrs King's house....the steam cranes I also remember....there were actually two of them and remember seeing them as far along as the Ship Inn pulling waggons to the dockyard.....
Added by Duncan Murray on 10 July 2006
Hi Harry...I would say the gangway would have been removed shortly after the dry dock moved south around 1920 I believe ..there is a picture of it on site being moved (number escapes me) the other access was also removed ..do you remember the steps at the west side where Albert from Cromarty used to load and unload the beer crates.....also the pole crane we used to jump from when we went swimming at the pier??
Added by Duncan Murray on 10 July 2006
Hi Duncan, yes, I remember the steps and the pole crane. Used to swim back and forth to the ferry slip, through the oily water..for some reason though I don't recall the barrage balloons...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 11 July 2006
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