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Cromarty Image Library

Cromarty History Society - 2003
The Cromarty Archive
Cromarty History Society - 2003

Clem Watson and Jean Newell with Diana Back, daughter of the captain of the Natal, which sank in the firth in 1915. Diana lost both her parents in the tragedy, as her mother was visiting at the time.
Picture added on 30 September 2003
This photo, and my presence in it, is pure coincidence. Miss Diana Back, daughter of the late Captain of HMS Natal, making her first visit to Cromarty since the loss of her parents, met Catriona Gilles while in the Natal section of the local Cemetry, and invited her to attend a lecture on George Ross(1700-86).

This was one of the events for a Reunion of Finlaysons, Skinners & Hoggs. The visit of Miss Back, a wonderful lady in her late 90's, was a bonus to the occassion 13th Aug. 2003. Mr Eric Malcolm & friends then took her round to Invergordon to see the Natal Memorial, next to the RNLI Crew Room.

Added by Clem Watson on 12 November 2003
Seeing Clem's picture on here reminds me of the days when he used to travel on the bus to Inverness to work every Monday morning. I was going to school at Fortrose Academy.
Added by Mary Mackay now Harrison on 16 October 2004
I will be very interested to receive any more information relating to the names of those serving on the Natal and details of the proposed entertainment and fatal explosion (date and time and effort to rescue survivors). An uncle of mine was rescued.
Added by Primrose Richards on 11 November 2004
Don't know about names Primrose. But details about explosion etc. can be found in a book I have had from the Invergordon Library many years ago but they had it a short time ago. It is called "THEY CALLED IT ACCIDENT". It has all the official details of the enquiry - all 100% fact.
Added by Pat Swanson on 17 November 2004
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The Natal - Warship destroyed by an explosion off Cromarty during WW1

New PictureNew PicturePostcard from HMS NatalPostcard from HMS NatalMark Tippey, HMS NatalPercy Larman who died on the NatalLetter from Arthur TaylorAlfred Gunner - 1st Class Stoker, HMS NatalJohn Fitzgerald b.17/09/1888 Bromley, London.Some of the Crew of the Natal