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TITLE
The Two Sutors, Cromarty
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0353
PLACENAME
Cromarty
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Cromarty
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32266
KEYWORDS
postcards
firths
giants fishing
navy
The Two Sutors, Cromarty

This postcard from the early twentieth century shows the Sutors of Cromarty with a warship steaming in to the firth and small fishing boats pulled up on the shore at Cromarty.

Two headlands, the North and South Sutors guard the entrance to the Cromarty Firth.
The Sutors are said to be named after two giants who lived on the headlands and watched over the people of Cromarty. They were hard working shoemakers who used to throw tools to each other across the narrow strait.

The Cromarty Firth is an inlet of the Moray Firth. Formed at the same time as Loch Ness it is a deep natural harbour. In 1912 it became a naval base and provided a safe anchorage for the fleet in both world wars. The entrance to the Firth was easily protected and the Sutors bristled with military fortifications the remains of which can still be seen. More recently the Cromarty Firth has been used for the construction and repair and mothballing of North Sea oil rigs.

There was a thriving fishing community which boomed in the seventeenth and eighteenth century when there was an abundance of herring.

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The Two Sutors, Cromarty

ROSS: Cromarty

1910s

postcards; firths; giants fishing; navy

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard from the early twentieth century shows the Sutors of Cromarty with a warship steaming in to the firth and small fishing boats pulled up on the shore at Cromarty.<br /> <br /> Two headlands, the North and South Sutors guard the entrance to the Cromarty Firth.<br /> The Sutors are said to be named after two giants who lived on the headlands and watched over the people of Cromarty. They were hard working shoemakers who used to throw tools to each other across the narrow strait. <br /> <br /> The Cromarty Firth is an inlet of the Moray Firth. Formed at the same time as Loch Ness it is a deep natural harbour. In 1912 it became a naval base and provided a safe anchorage for the fleet in both world wars. The entrance to the Firth was easily protected and the Sutors bristled with military fortifications the remains of which can still be seen. More recently the Cromarty Firth has been used for the construction and repair and mothballing of North Sea oil rigs.<br /> <br /> There was a thriving fishing community which boomed in the seventeenth and eighteenth century when there was an abundance of herring.