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The Invergordon Archive

The Fleet in Invergordon in Autumn 1953
The Invergordon Archive
The Fleet in Invergordon in Autumn 1953

HMS Eagle is on the far right - perhaps somebody might name the other warships? (The 'large' version may help.)

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Picture added on 14 January 2007
Sorry cannot name any, but doesn't this look better than a great loaming oil-rig in the Firth?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 14 January 2007
The frigate on the left, F29, was HMS Verulam.
Added by Rod Bell on 15 January 2007
If you look closely at the Frigate in the foreground you will see the Naafi boat "Muriel" moored alondslde her stern quarter. This is the boat that Hec Macrae used and has been subject of discussion on this site. The "smokey" one is one of the water lighters that appeared when the "Fleet was in".
Added by Duncan Murray on 15 January 2007
The Frigate behind F29 could well be either HMS Venus or HMS Virago as they were part of the same Flotilla as Verulam. The third ship looks more like a Destroyer than a Frigate.
Added by Duncan Murray on 17 January 2007
I think this might be later than 1953 as the V conversions where not complete then. Are you sure it is Eagle? I remember Centaur arriving for the Queen's visit in Britannia which was 57/58?
Added by James Elwin (son of Cmdr JA Elwin) on 29 September 2008
I think it could be Captain F which I think was HMS Venus. I was inboard Verulam at this time. We were at Invergordon for the Home Fleet sports. We had just come from Bear Island in the Arctic. Soapy Watson. Happy days.
Added by Ron Watson, Quartermaster on 13 January 2012
Alan Whiteford. Did your Dad have a Drapers shop in Alness and you played for Alness F.C.?
Added by Samuel Kennedy on 30 April 2016
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