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Invergordon from Balblair
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon from Balblair

A fine scene with the harvest being brought in and Invergordon forming the backdrop. The Frigate (F93) in the foreground is probably HMS Vigilant, launched in 1942 and broken up in 1965. The larger ship berthed at the Admiralty Pier looks like a cruiser.
The date is pure speculation.
Picture added on 18 September 2004
The cruiser might be HMS Bermuda which visited? (hence Bermuda Road) or maybe HMS Superb which I seem to remember visiting.
Added by Anon on 20 September 2004
It's my natural modesty!
HMS Superb was at Invergordon in 1952. But to confuse things HMS Gambia was at a Home Fleet review in 1957.
Was this the time of the Royal visit? I remeber going out to North Sutor to watch Britannia coming in and later to recreation ground where the Queen was driven by (no walk-abouts in those days).
I haven't remembered all this but Googled Invergordon "HMS Superb".
Added by Brian McKenzie on 21 September 2004
Good call. Looking at comparative pictures it seems more likely to be HMS Superb although it would be great if it was the Bermuda for obvious reasons.
Do you have any recollections of the visits by HMS Superb? ....when, for example....and any chance of a name ... Anon is a bit...er...anonymous?
Added by Malcolm McKean on 21 September 2004
Then again this could be HMS Swiftsure, also a frequent visitor to Invergordon...there were several cruisers of this class....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 22 September 2004
I remember my father borrowing a boat to take our family across for a picnic. We never made it as the engine broke down and we had to suffer the embarrassment of waiting for someone to notice us and arrange for a tow back to Inverg. In the early '70s my future wife and I borrowed bikes and took the ferry across to ride to Cromarty for a visit. On the way back the police stopped us in the middle of no-where as we had no lights. We pleaded to be allowed to carry on as we had to catch the last ferry back. So it was "Och, alright but take care". This is a lovely picture and must have been at the very end of usage of this type of farm machinery.
Added by Bill Geddes on 27 December 2005
How many out there went over on the ferry to Balblair to pick brambles?- they were the best. My family used to make an outing of it...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 27 December 2005
Billy, what a coincidence - the bike and police story. The same thing happened to me and I was told to walk the bike and not to get back on and ride it. I did of course ride it but everytime I would hear a motor or see lights I would get off and walk then ride again.....they could have given us a ride, don't you think?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 28 December 2005
Your right Harry. Looking at the ships in this picture, were you ever witness to them leaving harbour at speed? I used to have to get up early every morning to do a delivery round before school and one morning as I came down the hill from Gordon Terrace the destroyers and frigates (which always berthed at the West end of the Firth) were hairing out to sea with their bows up in the air like speed boats! I was astonished to see them move so fast.
Added by Bill Geddes on 29 December 2005
I understand that it is John Ferguson, Balblair, on the binder and Hugh Ferguson on the tractor.
Added by Jim Mackay on 14 February 2010
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