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The Invergordon Archive

HMS Queen Elizabeth back in Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
HMS Queen Elizabeth back in Invergordon

The new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has returned to Invergordon following her sea trials. This view shows the relative size of the ship, dwarfing the Service Base. The old Customs House can be seen on the right.
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Picture added on 10 August 2017 at 17:57
It also shows (sadly) the mess around what used to be the shore-line..
Added by Harry O'Neill on 11 August 2017
Harry, be thankful you were around when the firth looked like the picture #827 taken from the war memorial. I can still remember how it looked like in those days.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 31 August 2017
Hi Eddie, yes that is how I remember it too. But then there was no work for us, hopefully it is better now.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 02 September 2017
Hi Harry, True, certainly that was one reason I ended up joining the Merchant Navy, eventually ending up in Houston Texas.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 03 September 2017
Eddie, quite a few lads from Inver-g joined the merchant navy and some jumped ship elsewhere.
Hope you are not affected badly by the hurricane, what I see on the TV is quite horrific
Added by Harry O'Neill on 03 September 2017
Hi Harry, Thanks for asking. We're some of the lucky ones. Although we had to move out of our neighborhood because of a mandatory evacuation order, the water stayed within the levi system. A bit of a panic to start with as we were only given an hour or so to get out and we had to decide what to pack and what to try and jack up off the floor to try and keep things dry. Anyway all my family here is okay and dry.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 03 September 2017
That's great Eddie, yes you were indeed lucky. As long as family is ok then that's the main thing..
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 September 2017
Eddie, were you a member of the Police Gang? that used to man the wall behind the police station?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 September 2017
Hi Harry, I sure was. There was a shed at the bottom of the garden close to the road that we used as a gang hut. Also we used one of the cells when no one was in residence. The other one was a store room. The Macphails were quite a bunch.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 05 September 2017
Hi Eddie, believe it or not I remember you guys on the wall. I recall there was about 4 of you. As our gang would pass by in the lane, you fellows would be giving it to us verbally. However, we left you alone because of your weapon A.K.A. Sgt Macphail...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 05 September 2017
Hi Harry.That was a kind of double edge sword. We had to make sure we didn't put a foot wrong as the long arm of the law was a bit too close and we got quite a few lectures on right or wrong. But good times anyway.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 17 September 2017
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