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Invergordon Ferry
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Invergordon Ferry

Invergordon from the ferry. The boat at the end of the slipway is the same as that shown in picture #235.
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Picture added on 13 May 2004
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Invergordon Ferries
This is a very interesting photograph for the detail shown at Invergordon. For instance the tank farms have not yet been built (constructed in 1911) and Admiralty Pier is not in evidence.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 17 May 2004
If I read the comments above correctly...we are looking over at Invergordon. If this is the case then the picture is from the Black Isle side. I left Invergordon with my family in 1969 (age 12), and the ferry still ran. However it was a motor launch type (do not remember a mast). I used to go down and help the boat operator slip the ferry - and ride with him as free help to pass the time on the weekends
Added by Michael Coghill on 25 June 2004
I understand from my father that my great grandfather, John Campbell, may have run this ferry in Victorian times. When he married he was an innkeeper residing in Balblair according to the banns, thereafter my grandmother is recorded as born in the Commercial Hotel Invergordon and John is listed as a hotelkeeper. By 1901 the family address on an envelope is Seabank. I would appreciate any information to support this brief outline.
Added by Ian Nicol on 16 February 2005
The zoom reveals the railwaymen's cottages at the extreme left, and just right of them the Goods Shed where goods were transferred from rail wagon for delivery in the town.
Regarding the ferry query, the Ferry Inn at Balblair is up above the ferry slip; there was a path providing a short cut between the slip and the Inn. The Inn was functioning as a pub until recently, but is now a private dwelling. I would have thought the Innkeeper would have been fully occupied with the Inn, and unable to run the ferry at the same time. I understood the ferry men lived in the houses shown in the pic at the head of the slip at Balblair. The ferry job must have occupied more than one man, the boat looks too big to be rowed across by a single person. There is a Seabank Road at the east end of High Street, so perhaps that was where the family lived latterly.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 05 March 2006
Hey John, but survive we did, although it was quite slippery with the seaweed at times..You must be the John Fraser whose dad had the grocery? If so we were in school together, and suffered all those wonderful teachers...I remember you if it is you being slapped across the face by Lofty Macfarlane and you weren't the only one.....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 17 May 2006
My memories of the Balblair ferry are of going with Dougal Macintosh the ferryman (who was a neighbour) during the school holidays and sometimes swimming off the side of it near the shore at Balblair. Health and safety?? Lifejackets?? Could we swim properly?? It's a miracle we survived I tell you!
Added by John Fraser on 17 May 2006
I well remember standing on a large tin filled with sand so that I could see where I was steering - Dougal kept me right heading for Balblair. Happy days. That is Invergordon on the other side of the photo.
Added by Ian Macphail on 11 February 2008
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