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The Invergordon Archive

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

See also picture #940. This is a close-up of HMS Eagle and is virtually identical to picture #885, the postcard version of this picture. The 'large' version of this picture shows tremendous detail.
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Picture added on 14 January 2007
Comments:
What a super picture - sharp as a pin. I think it was quite unusual for the bigger carriers to come this close to the harbour. They quite often moored out in the Firth near the Sutors, so you could only see them some distance away. When the big capital ships were in port they gave the town a sense of being a place of some importance.
Added by Bill Geddes on 19 January 2007
Alan, this is a terrific picture. Bill, the aircraft carriers came in close when they were open to the public on a Sunday afternoon. Well I remember visiting this ship. Do you remember the town would be packed with people when the fleet was in? It was great!
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 30 January 2007
This seems to have been taken from the back of the Pilot Boat. Paddy Schofield was the cox'ain and Capt Garson the Harbour Pilot.
Added by James Elwin (son of Cmdr JA Elwin) on 29 September 2008
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