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HMS "Essex" in Flowerdale Bay, Gairloch
EXTERNAL ID
GAIRLOCHM_199
PLACENAME
Gairloch
DISTRICT
Gairloch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Gairloch
SOURCE
Gairloch Heritage Museum
ASSET ID
5319
KEYWORDS
battleships
home fleet
first world war
HMS "Essex" in Flowerdale Bay, Gairloch

A view of the HMS 'Essex' anchored at Flowerdale Bay, in Gairloch.

The 'HMS Essex' was launched on 29 August 1901 as one of the ten Monmouth-class armoured cruisers operated by the British Royal Navy. She served in World War I with most of her sister ships, and was subsequently sold for scrap on 8 November 1921, to be eventually broken up in Germany.

A small fishing and crofting community on the north-west coast of the Highlands, Gairloch derives its name from the Gaelic for 'short loch' and is located on Flowerdale Bay, a sheltered inlet which has been in the past, and still remains, an important anchorage on the west coastline for fishing boats and yachts.

The Gairloch community once consisted of a number of small scattered settlements. Prior to the completion of the A832 in 1843, access to the area was almost exclusively by sea. Once 'opened up', the Gairloch area became a popular destination for Victorian tourists wishing to sample the Highland 'sublime'. The area experienced a boom following a royal visit by Queen Victoria in 1877, who visited during her stay at nearby Loch Maree Hotel.


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HMS "Essex" in Flowerdale Bay, Gairloch

ROSS: Gairloch

battleships; home fleet; first world war

Gairloch Heritage Museum

Gairloch Heritage Museum, Photograph Collection

A view of the HMS 'Essex' anchored at Flowerdale Bay, in Gairloch.<br /> <br /> The 'HMS Essex' was launched on 29 August 1901 as one of the ten Monmouth-class armoured cruisers operated by the British Royal Navy. She served in World War I with most of her sister ships, and was subsequently sold for scrap on 8 November 1921, to be eventually broken up in Germany.<br /> <br /> A small fishing and crofting community on the north-west coast of the Highlands, Gairloch derives its name from the Gaelic for 'short loch' and is located on Flowerdale Bay, a sheltered inlet which has been in the past, and still remains, an important anchorage on the west coastline for fishing boats and yachts. <br /> <br /> The Gairloch community once consisted of a number of small scattered settlements. Prior to the completion of the A832 in 1843, access to the area was almost exclusively by sea. Once 'opened up', the Gairloch area became a popular destination for Victorian tourists wishing to sample the Highland 'sublime'. The area experienced a boom following a royal visit by Queen Victoria in 1877, who visited during her stay at nearby Loch Maree Hotel. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: info@gairlochheritagemuseum.org">Gairloch Heritage Museum</a>