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TITLE
Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis, Invergordon
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_1015
PLACENAME
Invergordon
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Rosskeen
PERIOD
1940s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co.
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32936
KEYWORDS
postcards
firths
Royal Navy
naval base
Home Fleet
oil
oil industry
Ross and Cromarty Enterprise
Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis, Invergordon

This postcard shows a view of the Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis, from Invergordon. Invergordon's proximity to the Cromarty Firth has made it an ideal anchorage for ships. Its links with the Royal Navy date back to the 19th century and by the 20th century it was classed as an official base, playing host to the Home Fleet on many an occasion. During World War I Invergordon retained its position as a naval base, providing fuel and water for the Royal Navy.

The naval base at Invergordon finally closed in 1956 but the town saw further development during the 1970s through the oil industry. Its close proximity to North Sea oilfields made the area an ideal location for oilrig construction and maintenance to take place. An aluminium smelter was also based at Invergordon during the 1970's and although this closed just after a decade, it brought major employment to the area. Today, Invergordon is home to Ross and Cromarty Enterprise.

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Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis, Invergordon

ROSS: Rosskeen

1940s

postcards; firths; Royal Navy; naval base; Home Fleet; oil; oil industry; Ross and Cromarty Enterprise

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows a view of the Cromarty Firth and Ben Wyvis, from Invergordon. Invergordon's proximity to the Cromarty Firth has made it an ideal anchorage for ships. Its links with the Royal Navy date back to the 19th century and by the 20th century it was classed as an official base, playing host to the Home Fleet on many an occasion. During World War I Invergordon retained its position as a naval base, providing fuel and water for the Royal Navy. <br /> <br /> The naval base at Invergordon finally closed in 1956 but the town saw further development during the 1970s through the oil industry. Its close proximity to North Sea oilfields made the area an ideal location for oilrig construction and maintenance to take place. An aluminium smelter was also based at Invergordon during the 1970's and although this closed just after a decade, it brought major employment to the area. Today, Invergordon is home to Ross and Cromarty Enterprise.