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TITLE
Hydro Linesman
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_10_011
PLACENAME
Barleyport
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8894
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
Lochalsh
linesmen
midges
Hydro Linesman

As with all outdoor jobs in the Highlands, the hydro workers are subjected to the summer plague of midges. Various potions have been produced in hopes of coming up with the formula that will repel the beasties but with little success. The only way seems to be to cover up completely. With the fine mesh midge hood secured under his hardhat and leather gloves keeping hands covered, Lochalsh Hydro linesman Allan Howie manages to keep working.

The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.

Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.

The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000


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Hydro Linesman

ROSS: Lochalsh

hydro-electric; Lochalsh; linesmen; midges;

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

As with all outdoor jobs in the Highlands, the hydro workers are subjected to the summer plague of midges. Various potions have been produced in hopes of coming up with the formula that will repel the beasties but with little success. The only way seems to be to cover up completely. With the fine mesh midge hood secured under his hardhat and leather gloves keeping hands covered, Lochalsh Hydro linesman Allan Howie manages to keep working.<br /> <br /> The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.<br /> <br /> Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.<br /> <br /> The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000 <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />