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Oil Pipeline from Admiralty Pier to the Tank Farm
The Invergordon Archive
Oil Pipeline from Admiralty Pier to the Tank Farm

The caption to this photo by Duguid was: 'Workmen laying oil pipe line for new oil tanks at Invergordon. Photo taken on High Street, Invergordon'.
This is clearly the High Street with Munro Street, leading on to Joss Street, in the background. What is curious is the caption as the two tank farms, at Cromlet and Seabank, were well established before the First World War. Hence the date is not known.

(Image kindly supplied by Invergordon Off the Wall Web Site: www.invergordonoffthewall.co.uk/)
Picture added on 24 March 2006
There is also a pipeline crossing High Street where the present museum stands ...I remember it being dug..it goes up to the pumping station by the top of Seabank Road..from the Dockyard Pier....think it's actually two pipelines side by side ..not buried but in a large concrete duct ..i.e.like a tunnel..
Added by Duncan Murray on 24 March 2006
The "But and Ben" cottage to the right of the pic is where I was born in 1942! It had a small entrance lobby with a room to each side. The toilet was round the back and the lighting was with oil lamps. The last time I looked it was a bicycle shop, is it still there?
When I was very small I used to visit the lady who lived in the house fronting onto the High Steet - I believe she was called "Effie". This is directly across the road from the main entrance to the Naval docks and I used to have chats with the men on security duty at the gates.
Added by Bill Geddes on 27 March 2006
I recall being told that the respective tank farms at Seabank and Cromlet were built at different periods in time. The dates will be recorded somewhere in the Museum archives - the Royal Navy did not commence conversion from coal to oil burning ships until during the First World War.
Added by Graeme Askew on 13 August 2006
Hi Bill, your question may have already been answered elsewhere, but yes this is still used as a bike shop or rather the small building attached to the rear of this building is. It's run by Kenny Ross, and unfortunately is now very run down - the building that is - not his business!!!! It's a shame seeing such lovely houses go to waste....
Added by Jillian on 16 August 2006
Thanks for that Jillian. It is nice to know my place of arrival is still there even if a bit dogeared! My family must have moved to Joss Street when I was very young as I have only a very few memories of Munro Street. In particular I can remember the oil lamps on the mantelpiece (no electric lights!), my sister Audrey being carted off to hospital with Scarlet Fever and my Dad showing us "magic lantern" slides in the Anderson shelter in the garden.
Added by Bill Geddes on 17 August 2006
Re the Anderson shelters - every household had one during the war and were usually erected in the back gardens. You dug a large hole about 4 to 5 feet deep and put the shelter in the hole, it was in sections bolted together at the top. Earth was then shovelled over it to a depth of a couple of feet. There was an entrance door (hole) at front and if that was blocked by falling debris etc you could, by moving a couple of bits of metal, make another escape hatch at the rear. These were made very comfortable by putting a bed or seats in them and, if constructed properly, were very good. It was only neglect that made the shelters wet and mouldy. After the war many people dug them up and made them into above ground sheds. There should still be quite a few around as they were made of thick steel.
Added by Doug Will on 18 August 2006
Yes Jillian that is the one. Like Bill says they were half buried in the ground and the top was usually covered with soil and sod. Let me know if you find that some are still around.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 18 August 2006
Harry/Bill - sorry to sound so stupid, but are Anderson Shelters the half-round shed like buildings made from stuff that looks like corrugated iron/asbestos? If so I remember there still being some in Invergordon in the seventies when I was a kid. I must keep my eyes open to see if there any left.
Added by Jillian on 18 August 2006
You still see the occasional one down here. There is one on my allotment site. Our Munro Street shelter was also damp and mouldy. It was half sunk into the ground with a rockery garden built on the top half.
I forgot to mention that when my Dad showed us slides he was wearing his army uniform so it must have been during or just after the war.
Added by Bill Geddes on 18 August 2006
Hi Bill, interesting seeing your mention of an Anderson shelter. Makes one wonder how many were in Invergordon and if any survive or made the museum at least. I found ours to be wet and dingy. It was used as a storage shed for the garden after the war and was removed eventually....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 18 August 2006
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