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The Invergordon Archive

The Wreck of HMS Natal
The Invergordon Archive
The Wreck of HMS Natal

Although HMS Natal sank in 1915 the date of this picture is not known.
Picture added on 24 February 2005
There were three attempts at salvage of the wreck and its contents in the 1920s and 30s. I don't know if this photo was taken during salvage operations but it was clearly after some salvage had taken place and must therefore be 1926 or later.
Added by Estelle Quick on 25 February 2005
I remember whilst I was a pupil at Newhall primary being taken to Balblair pier to watch the wreck being blown up for the final time - this I think was round about 1968ish. The explosion was something to a child of 6 or so years of age as I remember it seems as though it was just yesterday that it took place.
Added by Flora Thomson (nee Young) on 18 September 2006
My great-uncle, Albert (Bertie) Coles, was a stoker on the Natal when it was sunk. His wife, Alice, had died the week before the Natal sunk and Bertie died, leaving their infant daughter an orphan.
Added by Penelope Shaffer on 17 July 2010
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The Natal - Warship destroyed by an explosion off Invergordon during WW1

H.M.S. NatalNatal graves at Rosskeen CemeteryGuy Titley's MemorialHMS NatalHMS Natal and Cantilever crane at Barrow.The upturned hull of HMS Natal - c1916 HMS Natal