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TITLE
Aerial view of Invergordon and the Cromarty Firth
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_1031
PLACENAME
Invergordon
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Rosskeen
PERIOD
1900s; 1910s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32952
KEYWORDS
postcards
harbours
Cromarty Firth
Royal Navy
Home Fleet
World War I
First World War
naval base
naval bases
bombs
oil tanks
bombings
Aerial view of Invergordon and the Cromarty Firth

This postcard shows an aerial view of Invergordon and the Cromarty Firth. Invergordon's natural deep harbour and its 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 fuel and water tanks can be seen in the centre of the postcard. In 1941, a German bomber plane dropped bombs on the Seabank Tank farm, gaining a direct hit on tank number 13. The oil spilled from the tank farm onto the nearby railway track and into the Cromarty Firth. The naval base at Invergordon finally closed in 1956

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Aerial view of Invergordon and the Cromarty Firth

ROSS: Rosskeen

1900s; 1910s

postcards; harbours; Cromarty Firth; Royal Navy; Home Fleet; World War I; First World War; naval base; naval bases; bombs; oil tanks; bombings

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows an aerial view of Invergordon and the Cromarty Firth. Invergordon's natural deep harbour and its 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. <br /> <br /> During World War I Invergordon retained its position as a naval base, providing fuel and water for the Royal Navy. The fuel and water tanks can be seen in the centre of the postcard. In 1941, a German bomber plane dropped bombs on the Seabank Tank farm, gaining a direct hit on tank number 13. The oil spilled from the tank farm onto the nearby railway track and into the Cromarty Firth. The naval base at Invergordon finally closed in 1956