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Workers at McGruther and Marshall's Yard, Inverness
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PC_JOHN_MACKENZIE_04
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Inverness
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INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
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John Mackenzie
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29163
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coal merchants
Workers at McGruther and Marshall's Yard, Inverness

McGruther and Marshall Ltd was an Inverness coal and builder's merchant, first established in 1870. The offices were in Station Square and the yard was on Shore Street, about halfway between the railway bridge and what is now Harbour Road. This picture shows a group of workers at the yard in Shore Street.

The gentleman seated second from the right, on the front row, is Horatio MacIntosh Cuthbert. As a younger man he was a seaman and sailed on windjammers to the Russian ports of Murmansk and Arkhangelsk for cargos of pine tar, also known as 'Archangel Tar', which was used in the shipbuilding industry for caulking the planks of ship's hulls and decking.

Horatio later sailed on the 'Gondolier', a ship that plied the Caledonian Canal and which was scuttled to form part of the defences for Scapa Flow in Orkney. He died in his forties, of pneumonia, which he contracted after jumping into the River Ness from Waterloo Bridge to save an injured crow which he had seen being carried downstream by the current.

[This information was kindly supplied by Horatio's grandson, John Mackenzie.]

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Workers at McGruther and Marshall's Yard, Inverness

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

coal merchants;

John Mackenzie

McGruther and Marshall Ltd was an Inverness coal and builder's merchant, first established in 1870. The offices were in Station Square and the yard was on Shore Street, about halfway between the railway bridge and what is now Harbour Road. This picture shows a group of workers at the yard in Shore Street.<br /> <br /> The gentleman seated second from the right, on the front row, is Horatio MacIntosh Cuthbert. As a younger man he was a seaman and sailed on windjammers to the Russian ports of Murmansk and Arkhangelsk for cargos of pine tar, also known as 'Archangel Tar', which was used in the shipbuilding industry for caulking the planks of ship's hulls and decking.<br /> <br /> Horatio later sailed on the 'Gondolier', a ship that plied the Caledonian Canal and which was scuttled to form part of the defences for Scapa Flow in Orkney. He died in his forties, of pneumonia, which he contracted after jumping into the River Ness from Waterloo Bridge to save an injured crow which he had seen being carried downstream by the current.<br /> <br /> [This information was kindly supplied by Horatio's grandson, John Mackenzie.]