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TITLE
Entering Cromarty Firth
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0360
PLACENAME
Cromarty
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Cromarty
DATE OF IMAGE
1944
PERIOD
1940s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co.
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32273
KEYWORDS
postcards
firths
giants
navy
Entering Cromarty Firth

This postcard from 1944 shows a warship entering the Cromarty Firth and the cliffs of the North Sutor. The photograph is taken from the South Sutor.

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.

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Entering Cromarty Firth

ROSS: Cromarty

1940s

postcards; firths; giants; navy

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard from 1944 shows a warship entering the Cromarty Firth and the cliffs of the North Sutor. The photograph is taken from the South Sutor.<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.