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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Service Base
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Service Base

An aerial view of the Service Base under construction. The date of the photo is not known.
Picture added on 26 August 2006
Harry, the last time I was up in Inverg most of the area shown was under grass from Shore Rd right out to the old target (the one with the post sticking up.
Added by Doug Will on 27 August 2006
I see lots of changes to the old Shore Rd area here. Where did they bring all the fill in from to fill this area? It must have taken quite some time to complete.....I preferred it how it used to look though, as this is an eye-sore, but necessary I suppose for progress.....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 27 August 2006
Harry, very little was brought in to infill this area ..there were dredgers working along the frontage and also a trailing suction dredger worked the channels out as far as Cromarty ..the rock armour was driven in from quarries and actually this picture only shows about 50% of the "base" as the wet dock or (Queen's Dock) is to the west of this picture. The western end is about where the old level crossing took rail waggons from the goods yard to the Dockyard...most of the area is concreted hardstanding with tarred roadway..quite an undertaking really ...and yes Doug the "old target" along with the Ferry Slip is buried there.
Added by Duncan Murray on 28 August 2006
Douglas, that makes me feel better if it is grassed.
Can see your old house and mine in the picture, you had a view.....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 28 August 2006
Yes Harry we had a magnificent view over the Firth. It was great seeing all the seaplanes moored in lines up the Firth. Only snag was that when they took off the whole house used to shake. Can remember one of the Sunderlands passing over our house in flames crashing and killing the crew?Afterwards some airmen came and started looking for a propeller in the back gardens. As these things were massive I dont think they would have found it hard to find it. (They never did).
Added by Doug Will on 29 August 2006
A great ariel shot but sad to see so many gaps and empty sites where buildings used to be. I guess it looks even stranger now with some of the tanks gone.The older part of Inverg between the High Street and Shore Road was never particularly picturesque but it had the feel of an old sea town (a bit like Cromarty).
Added by Bill Geddes on 02 September 2006
Sorry Doug, before my time. The blacksmiths was a large corrugated building with lots of small panes of glass (mostly broken); it was on the corner of the lane across from the Mellon's. I remember your brother Jimmy having the wall fall down on him, splitting his head open - we all took him home and waited for the Doctor.....the lane you call Mackies is the one we called the school lane....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 03 September 2006
Can anyone remember the big black building (I think it was a sawmill) that used to be where you used to live Harry. It stretched from Bank St to what we called Mackies Lane. While on the subject, the blacksmith's shop - was that the building near the west end of Outram St? During the war this building was used to store fire fighting apparatus by the RAF.
Added by Doug Will on 03 September 2006
Douglas check out picture #332. It shows what was on Outram St. where my house was. Also the picture shows the Blacksmith building, immediately to the left of the large chimney.
I was led to believe that prior to the house I lived in, there were stockyards...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 September 2006
Harry, my parents were told that there used to be a market where our houses were built on Outram Street so there probably were stockyards there.
Added by Catherine MacKenzie (nee Clark) on 06 September 2006
Harry, talking about mackies lane or school lane, I can remember during the war a long line of RAF trucks all wired together going up that lane. They were trying to pull a Sunderland seaplane up on the right side of the slipway. The cable was running over the seawall and for years after there were the marks where the wire cable cut into the large blocks on the top of the wall. They never succeeded in pulling it up that side and eventually it was brought up the other side by one of the mooring boats where it was finally cut up and moved away on one of the Queen Mary long loaders. Every other aircraft to crash or sink after that was brought up between the 1st pier and the slippy. Some ended up on the space alongside Ferry and Shore Road.
Added by Doug Will on 02 October 2006
Yes Doug, I can still remember planes being hoisted out of the water at the 1st pier. One I remember still had the pilot in the cockpit...as kids we were always asking the airmen "any gum chum?" and always ended up with some...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 06 October 2006
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