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The Invergordon Archive

Hugh Ross
The Invergordon Archive
Hugh Ross

Hugh Ross (Jack Fraser standing on left).

(The date is an estimate - Site Admin.)
Picture added on 03 January 2006
Comments:
The gentleman sitting at the helm is Dougal Mackintosh...who ran the Balblair ferry and latterly was skipper of the harbour launch until he retired. The Yacht looks like the "Elf" alongside the old ferry slip.
Added by Duncan Murray on 03 January 2006
Hi there Duncan, happy new year, are you retired now? This is a good picture, but think they are afloat - wasn't the slip further to the right? Dougal was a very kind man, he worked with my grandfather on the Harbour Launch. The old ferry sheds look good in this picture. We used to change behind them when going swimming in the freezing water - ok once you were in....I remember these sheds burning down and of course now they are gone completely....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 05 January 2006
Whoops, upon checking this pic again it's not the Ferry sheds but Ferry House and the RAF building in the background - so that would put the slip on the left with the boat alongside...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 05 January 2006
Checking this picture again brings back memories of when the RAF used to treat us to some fireworks. We would all congregate at the beach in front of their hut and they would fire flares of different colours over the firth. Maybe Rosalie can recall the occasions. It was a real treat though...
Added by Harry on 25 February 2007
Harry, what a good memory you have!!! I had forgotten all about that. I am not mechanically minded at all BUT.. Weren't those RAF launches engines started with a flare. No doubt that will bring a hoot of derision from all you mechanical people out there!!!
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 02 March 2007
Rosalie, you were not too far out about RAF engine starters. Many RAF aircraft engines, and some RAF launches fitted with powerful, modified, aircraft engines, were started by a device called a Kauffman Starter which got its power from a huge cartridge which produced gas under great pressure. The "bang" could be heard for miles. Enough??
Added by George Sutherland (Sud) on 17 October 2007
Harry, the slipway was on the left. The building behind the boy on the right was converted into a control room at the front and at the rear was the workshop where they used to do minor repairs on the flare floats. One of the RAF chaps made a Sunderland seaplane out of brass for my brother Leslie. It is very heavy, made of solid brass. Believe it or not but I still have it yet minus the floats but still on its stand. The building at the far right is by the top of the first pier and that was where the crews for the seaplanes gathered before being transported out to their aircraft. Trying to remember the family who lived in the wooden building behind the mast - and to the left of that building was a public toilet building.
Added by Doug Will on 18 October 2007
George, thanks for that. You are so right about the noise. I knew some mechanically minded person would know all about it!!! The flares were quite a sight and we used to rush down to the RAF hut to see them. I had forgotten all about it till Harry reminded me. It didn't even cost us a penny.!!!!!
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 18 October 2007
Doug, in my younger days the house you mention was occupied by the Ross family. I'm sure they were related to Davy Ross (Davy Coon) and the elder gentleman that stayed there was nicknamed "Davy the Weaver" or have I got it wrong??
Added by Duncan Murray on 19 October 2007
Hi Doug, the wooden house was the Ferry House. I recall it was the Ross's that lived there. Poppy and Skipper and Poppy's mother and father. I can remember picking up bits of coal along the beach here..
Added by Harry O'Neill on 19 October 2007
Is this Hugh Ross the same person who was the Scout Leader in the 50's? I seem to remember he had a distinct "military" personality and clearly enjoyed being in charge but did not get very involved in the nitty gritty of running the Troup. He had a large yacht which I never sailed on but some scouts did.....
Added by Bill Geddes on 09 November 2007
Bill - I am sure you are right - by the time I made the Scouts in the early 60s Hugh Ross as I recall was the District Commissioner and used to visit the troup occasionally. I believe he farmed at Lochslin between Fearn and Inver.
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 12 November 2007
Bill and Graham, I'm sure you are right about Hugh Ross. The one I'm thinking about married our Girl Guide Leader (can't remember her name) and I was the one who found (in a calendar) a verse for their telegram which began "As on the barque of life you sail" referring to his sailing and he came from Lochslin.
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 13 November 2007
Ferry House was where the "Ross Family" resided. The main occupants or bill payers were my great grandparents. Dave Ross (Coon) is my great uncle and my dad is Hamish (Skipper/Jimmy) Ross! My aunt Joanie Ross (Poppy's daughter) also resided there - one big happy family. My family have many photographs of Ferry House and lots of stories to go with it - Long Boat/Short Boat and many other stories I could go into. I have mentioned this site to my dad and in particular mentioned your name Harry (O'Neil) and he talks of you often. I only hope the old stories from the older generation are never forgotten. I am trying hard to absorb all the information I can from my dad and "Coon"!! Invergordon has changed so much over the years and the "ties" that bound me as a child seem to be fraying. Lots of "incomers" and the history seems to be diminishing slightly - such a shame!
Added by Wendy Clist (nee Ross) on 14 November 2007
Hi Wendy, thanks for mentioning me to your Dad (Skipper to all), he is one of the good people. It would be great to see some pictures of your Ferry House family on here if possible. Hi to Skipper and Davey Coon....Tell your Dad that I have contacted Alan Brown after 50 years, he lived on Ferry Row across Shore Rd from your Dad....Alan is in Canada.....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 15 November 2007
Hi Wendy, seems we are taking the same walk down through our ancestral past. I feel I lived in Ferry House, so many of the stories filled my childhood, like the water seeping in at high tide!! I recall spending many days down round that area, a short stroll from the flats in Joss Street, but as a kid, it felt like another world. There is such a primal connection to our roots that is highlighted by being 'away'. I am looking here for pictures of Poppy or Nellie or our great grandparents. Great to see your name here.
Added by Jill Burns on 07 March 2008
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