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TITLE
Our British Fleet in Scottish Waters
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_5641
PLACENAME
Cromarty Firth
PERIOD
1910s; 1920s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
37267
KEYWORDS
postcards
Cromarty Firth
Sutors
warships
Royal Navy
harbours
oil industry
giants
legends
Our British Fleet in Scottish Waters

This postcard shows our British Fleet in Scottish Waters

The view is of the Cromarty Firth, its entrance guarded by two headlands, the Sutors.

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.

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.

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Our British Fleet in Scottish Waters

1910s; 1920s

postcards; Cromarty Firth; Sutors; warships; Royal Navy; harbours; oil industry; giants; legends

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows our British Fleet in Scottish Waters<br /> <br /> The view is of the Cromarty Firth, its entrance guarded by two headlands, the Sutors.<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 /> 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.