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Hills to the West, Invergordon

This postcard shows a view of the hills to the west of Invergordon and the Cromarty Firth, in East Ross-shire. 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 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. Today, the town is home to Ross and Cromarty Enterprise and the harbour continues to flourish as a consequence of sea cargo and the cruise liner trade. Around 40 liners berth at Invergordon during the summer months helping to ensure the continued development of the town

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Hills to the West, Invergordon

ROSS: Rosskeen

1910s

postcards; harbours; Cromarty Firth; Royal Navy; Home Fleet; World War I; First World War; naval base; naval bases; oil; oil rigs; Ross and Cromarty Enterprise; cruise liners

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This postcard shows a view of the hills to the west of Invergordon and the Cromarty Firth, in East Ross-shire. 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. <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. Today, the town is home to Ross and Cromarty Enterprise and the harbour continues to flourish as a consequence of sea cargo and the cruise liner trade. Around 40 liners berth at Invergordon during the summer months helping to ensure the continued development of the town