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The Invergordon Archive

Pilot Boat or Invergordon Ferry?
The Invergordon Archive
Pilot Boat or Invergordon Ferry?

Is this the crew of what is thought to be the Invergordon/Cromarty Ferry?
The date of the picture is unknown.
Picture added on 12 September 2004
Comments:
I think this is the same boat as in 397 from position of wheelhouse, lifebelts. If so what's AHM on the lifebelt stand for? ? Harbour master?? ie not a ferry.
Added by Anon on 16 September 2004
I think you're quite right. This does look like the wheelhouse etc of the boat shown in picture #278 and picture #396. This boat is very similar to that shown in picture #277 which was one of the pilot boats.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 17 September 2004
AHM stands for Admiralty Harbour Master; the person on the right is Ian Askew.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 29 September 2004
Good work there Graeme, now if only one could positively identify the fellow on the left then the picture would be complete...As my relationship to the pilot boat goes to the 50s I am only familiar with two of the crew that Graeme mentions, namely Davie Ross (Coon) and Paddy....the crews changed and the ones I remember were my grandfather of course Fachy Dunn, Sandy Mclellan, Dugald Macintosh, Strachan (don't remember his first name but he is the same one that ran the shop across from the old school on High St....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 26 March 2005
Harry has rightly identified the vessel as the Admiralty pilot boat. The older man on the right of the photo isn't Iain Askew but his father and my grandfather Jim Askew. Not that I am an expert but this was the standard design of Admiralty pilot vessels. This type were in situ at Invergordon I think until MOD pulled out and control passed to the now Cromarty Firth Port Authority. I was in Portsmouth in December 2004 and one boat of this type was tied up alongside HMS Nelson at the gunwharf. I suspect in was there for disposal. Although very young I remember some of the Invergordon crew in the 60s as Davie Ross (Tomich Road), Pengelly? and Paddy ? who stayed next to the Cromlet.
Added by Graeme Askew on 26 March 2005
I think the man beside my Grandfather might be George Booth whose father was harbour master. Mr Booth also had two daughters Maureen and Heather. His widow married Angus Mackenzie who worked for years in Tommy Ross (Gilbert), the ironmongers, where the off-licence is now and which was a theatre or cinema before a fire. I remember if you were good you could go and see the goldfish in the pond behind the shop and Nonnies (Noreen Kelman's father) shop also had a pond.
Added by Liz Adam (Askew) on 07 April 2005
Liz, you are correct. I have confirmed this with Davey Coon and Alistair Mclellan. George Booth came up from Rosyth, his father was harbour master according to Alistair who remembers the two daughters...anyway the picture is now complete.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 24 April 2005
I think it was Ian Pengelly (could be wrong), and 'Paddy' was Lesley Scoular.
Added by Fraser Dryden on 05 November 2006
I am Heather (nee Booth) and my sister is Shirley (Maureen), daughters of Captain Frederic Booth, Harbour Master at Invergordon. The man in the picture identified as George Booth, is correct - he was my brother. My mum, Fay Booth - later remarried to Angus Mackenzie of Blackpark.
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 10 January 2007
There was also Paddy Schofield who was the coxs'ain of the Pilot Boat.
Added by James Elwin (son of Cmdr JA Elwin) on 29 September 2008
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