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The Invergordon Archive

Admiralty Pier, Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
Admiralty Pier, Invergordon

A view from the foreshore by the swimming pool showing the Admiralty Pier with the Black Isle in the background.
Berthed at the Pier would appear to be Royal Navy vessel - no doubt expert eyes will identify the type, class and even the name! The date of this picture is not known.
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Picture added on 02 June 2005
I would say it is the Fishery Cruiser 'NORNA'. The 'LONGA' wasn't as "slender" and the 'VIGILANT' had a wooden bridge. There was one that was lost named the 'FRIA'. I don't know if she was actually a sister ship of the 'NORNA' and depending on the date of the pic there is a possibility it could be her. Some of you older guys can maybe enlighten us on this.
Added by Pat Swanson on 03 June 2005
Definitely FC Norna, operated by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland and the third fishery protection vessel to bear the name. Built by Wm. Denny & Bros. Ltd Dumbarton and launched in 1959. Remained in the fleet until 1988 when she was sold to a private owner for further use. A regular visitor to the Cromarty Firth as were other vessels of the DAFS fleet over the years.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 28 September 2005
Could have been the FC Brenda who was a sister ship to the FC Norna and FC Fria.
The FC Fria capsised when she was hit by a wave off Caste May. An enquiry found the 3 ships were top heavy and had to add concrete to the engine rooms to make the FC Brenda and FC Norna safe.
The captain on the FC Fria was Captain Coull who I served under on the FC Vigilant
Added by Alistair Wilson on 27 August 2009
The main deck aft of the funnel on both FC Brenda and FC Freya was open to the elements. The Norna was longer and beamier than both, and the main deck was enclosed as clearly seen in this photograph. FC Freya, the smallest of the three, was lost off Sarclet Head some four miles south of Wick.
Added by Ron Stewart on 27 August 2009
Yes, it is the 'Norna', I spent many happy years on board.
Added by John Patterson on 19 January 2018
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