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Nigg Workers coming off the Ferry - 1974
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Nigg Workers coming off the Ferry - 1974

Picture added on 03 December 2004 at 15:11
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Article in Press & Journal - 20 July 1974
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Would this be the Souters Lass ex Bournemouth Belle. I know Fred Newton had a renaming ceremony circa 1974. Why did he call it Souters and not Sutors? This vessel is now operating out of Fort William.
Would anyone know the date of the renaming? Has anyone got pictures of Souters Lass at Cromarty?
This vessel was sold in 1976 to Thomas and Bews John O' Groats and was superceded at Cromarty by Coral Star III ex Poole Belle Would anyone have dates and pictures? Did this vessel remain on this route until the purchase of Cromarty Rose in 1986?
Added by Alan Gilston on 30 June 2006
I recognise my Uncle Neil Macarthur to the back and right of the picture. To Alan Coral Star III ended her time on the Nigg run about 84 or 85 as that was when Seaboard Marine Nigg Ltd took over the run with a variety of boats called "Veraspere" "John L" "New Rosalind" "Islander" and various others. Cromarty Rose didn't arrive until 1987 and is still running today. The vessel in this picture is neither Souters Lass or Coral Star III and I can't for the life of me remember what one she is but I'll let you know when it comes to me.
Added by Ronald Young on 01 July 2006
I don't know whether this is the one or not, but I remember that one of the first ferries was called 'the Reaper'. There was a HiFab football league formed, and one team was made up of workers who travelled on the ferry. The team was called the Reapers after the ferry - they played all in green at Cromarty. (Cromarty FC was suspended for the duration). I remember them winning the league, and also a cup competition at Victoria Park, Dingwall.
Added by Garve on 01 July 2006
To Ronald and Garve many thanks for the info. Do you happen to know who ran Coral Star after the death of Fred Newton in 76?
Added by Alan Gilston on 02 July 2006
Alan, Fred's son Morris ran Coral Star III after his death and I think the rest of Newton's fleet of buses. Most of the worthies I spoke to today say this is the Reaper but I will ask the old skipper tomorrow and find out.
Added by Ronald Young on 02 July 2006
Thanks Ronald
Does anyone have a date for the naming ceremony of Souters Lass which arrived called Weymouth Belle.
Added by Alan Gilston on 03 July 2006
Alan I spoke to Billy Watson this evening, he was a Skipper with Newtons. He says he can't remember any naming ceromony at all for Souters Lass. The Vessel in this picture is actually Queen Of Scots and not Reaper as previously thought. The old rails on the beach beside the slaughter house were put there for this boat to be re-engined.
Added by Ronald Young on 05 July 2006
Thanks again Ronald. There was a Queen of Scots operated by Sir Robert McAlpine taking workers from /to Ardyne between 74-82 so I take it this is the same vessel. this vessel was originally Coronia from Scarborough and ended up in Rochester as Rochester Queen. Thanks again
Added by Alan Gilston on 06 July 2006
Alan this Queen of Scots came from Mallaig to Cromarty and when she left here she went to Ullapool to a guy known as Desperate Dan.
Added by Ronald Young on 07 July 2006
Thanks Ronald The Queen of Scots of McAlpines was built in 1935 and was a Despatch vessel at D day beaches. Sounds like a different vessel. I will try and post my photo of Souters Lass taken when she had just arrived on the Cromarty Firth and still called Weymouth Belle just before her renaming ceremony
Added by Alan Gilston on 07 July 2006
That would be great Alan. Ive been asking around to see if anyone else has any pictures of her or Coral Star III but no joy yet but i, ll keep asking. There is a picture of Coral Star III on this site picture number 53 i think.
Added by Ronald Young on 07 July 2006
the man stepping of the boat with a square on his hard hat is Willie Gardener from Munlochy, squares on hats denoted Foremen and Triangles, General Foremen.
Added by Sue on 15 July 2006
wrong sue think again its not willie gardner
Added by Anon 15/07/06 on 15 July 2006
Agreed about Willie Gardner ... it's NOT him ... he was a (sub-arc) Welding Foreman and would therefore have had a green helmet (like the the darker coloured helmets worn by a couple of the other guys) ...
Added by J. Derek Riddell on 16 December 2008
Could anyone tell me where I could find a photo of the late Fred Newton or his son Morris Newton.
Added by Michael Mackay on 26 February 2009
Try Ross County archives. He played for them and they should have a photo of him as he played in goals - he also played for Blackpool in goals in the fiftys/sixtys.
Added by Davey Joans on 28 February 2009
Who's the guy with the white hat on at the front? They say he still lives in Cromarty.
Added by Anon on 07 March 2009
I have read here that Morris Newton ran Coral Star III after Fred Newton's death but who ran it after the death of Morris? Couldn't find picture of Fred Newton on Ross County archives unfortunately but thanks anyway.
Added by Michael on 20 March 2009
Michael. Coral Star III left Cromarty in 1985 for Arbroath and that was the end of Newtons running the workforce to Cromarty by bus and to Nigg by boat. I imagine this was the time when Wimpey took over the majority share holdings of Highland fabricators and its them that would have stopped the transport subsidy for the workforce.
Added by Ronald Young on 22 March 2009
In this weeks Ross-shire Journal photo of Ross County includes Fred Newton, who was playing in goal. Year 1950 they won the Highland cup beating Buckie Thistle 4-1.
Added by Daley Jones on 11 November 2011
Can anyone recall the wooden passenger ferry taken to Invergordon and burnt on the beach below where the Port Authority office now stands? ( Imagine that happening today haha). The name 'Petersham' is in my mind, can anyone confirm please?
Added by Ron Stewart on 24 November 2012
Noddy Dunn would need a zoom lense to capture that fire event.
Added by Davy Jones on 27 November 2012
You offering to buy me one? Have you a time machine too, and I'll be happy to oblige.
Added by 'Noddy' Dunn on 29 November 2012
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Article in Press & Journal - 20 July 1974

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