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The Invergordon Archive

Fyrish Hill and Ben Wyvis from Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
Fyrish Hill and Ben Wyvis from Invergordon

The view looking west from Invergordon Boat Club. In the foreground is Belleport and Belleport Pier. To the middle left is Dalmore Distillery. Although Fyrish and the monument can be clearly seen, Ben Wyvis is covered by cloud.
The date of the picture is unknown.
Picture added on 25 September 2004
Comments:
See picture #418 for my family's history regarding Belleport.
Added by Alan Cairnie on 16 March 2005
I often wondered what the purpose of this pier was. I cannot recall any reference to "American Pier". Did this have some connection with the "American Gardens where the golf course now is? Why "American"?
Added by Bill Geddes on 19 March 2005
Was the American pier further west (i.e. the jetty at Dalmore)? A mine barrage was laid between Scotland and Norway to shut in the German Fleet in WW1. The barrage was so extensive that both RN fleet and US fleet minelayers were used. The Armistice was signed before completion. Is it possible that this pier was used by the US fleet minelayers?
Added by Norman Mackenzie on 22 March 2005
Ref query by Bill Geddes regarding American Pier and Gardens. From a mixture of recollections from my grandmother and reading, the American or 'Yankee' pier as I remember it being called, stemmed from Dalmore Distillery, during the 1st World War, being used for the construction and shipment of mines for the Northern barrage. This was an immense minefield which ran from the North of Scotland to Iceland ie the infamous 'Iceland Gap'. The mines were assembled at Dalmore by American personnel and shipped out directly from the long pier - hence the name. I recall being told by my grandmother that the American Gardens were located at the bottom part of what is now Invergordon Golf Course in the area of what we called as kids the 'taddy pond'. The gardens were made by American personnel who were staying in the area and during its heyday were meant to be a beautiful walk. Some of the 'roddies' in the area still remain as a bit of a legacy.
Added by Graeme Askew on 22 March 2005
Graeme, check out picture #464 ...I too remember the taddy pond and this may be it....there was also the Ringy wood, so called because of its shape...the roddies were something when in full bloom back then..
Added by Harry on 24 March 2005
Seasons Greetings Harry. Many many times I resolved to climb Fyrish but never did it - probably never will now. It is not particularly high of course but somehow dominates the whole of Easter Ross. In school we were told that the monument on the top was a replica of an Indian city gate and was built as a "job-creation Scheme" by one of the Munro clan chiefs. We were told he used to pay a penny a stone to those who brought material to the top and at night-time he would partly knock the building down to prolong the job. Sounds too good to be true to me! After the '45, most chiefs treated their clan members as serfs.
Added by Bill Geddes on 27 December 2005
Fyrish, seems that every-one had to climb Fyrish at least once, at least I did and it wasn't easy back then. You had to ride your bike or walk to the bottom, but once at the top you were rewarded with a grand view of the firth. Are there any pics available?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 27 December 2005
There is some confusion in the original caption for this photo. The structure in the foreground is Belleport Pier. Just behind the left hand end of the pier, we see the buildings of Dalmore Distillery. The Yankee Pier (never American!) is not shown in this photo, but would be further off to the left. I am sure Graeme has given the correct account of the Yankee Pier usage.

(Thank you for the correction, Ron, and the caption has been suitably altered - Site Admin.)
Added by Ronald Stewart on 30 December 2005
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