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Fleet at Rest in the Cromarty Firth
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Fleet at Rest in the Cromarty Firth

This dates from about 1910 - taken from the Gaelic chapel with a view over Victoria Park. Denoon House and the factory buildings can be seen.
Picture added on 01 January 2003
Comments:
Nice shot.
The ship on the right is HMS Dreadnought.
The ship to the left of Dreadnought is probably a "Warrior" class armoured cruiser, or similar, with its 1st funnel hidden behind the fwd superstructure, as delivered with short funnels, and before the funnels were raised in this class - it could even be HMS Warrior, both she and Dreadnought entered service in 1906.
The other groups of ships in the background are more difficult.
The torpedo boat destroyers in the foreground seem to be one each of the 3- and 4-funnel "27 knotters", each of which were of various different types, from the various different builders engaged to construct them. In these times the shipbuilders worked more to a set of general specifications than to a specific design, so there were a lot of subtly-different torpedo boats in service.

If you are able to put a more detailed scan of this photo on the web site it might be possible to be more specific with the other ships.
Added by Jon Summers (London) on 17 July 2007
Nice indeed, and great info Jon.
Added by Andrew Hollinrake on 18 May 2012
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