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The Queen's Visit

The Queen's Visit

Date Added: 20 July 2011 Contributor: Alla Macdonald Year: 1964 Picture No: 2969

Arriving in the harbout by launch. Note an extra shed on the harbour which isn't there nowadays.

Groups: Queen's Visit - 1964


How about a larger version of this, Garve? I am sure we would spot a few locals. It helps us older folk who can't see so well now. Comment left on 08 August 2011 at 23:57 by Caroline Fair
I don't think this is Cromarty harbour. Look at the netting across the front I cannot remember ever seeing that, and the sheds are so different! Comment left on 16 November 2011 at 12:04 by Iris Winton
I think the netting you are seeing is in fact just the texture of the photo paper. As to the buildings, I had a look at them today and the left two in the photo look just like the ones on the Cromarty harbour. However, there is a third building shown here which certainly isn't on the harbour now. Was there a third building in 1964? Comment left on 17 November 2011 at 14:56 by Colin Dunn
I was told the ferryboat Queen o Scots did not come to Cromarty until the 70's. Do you know if this is so Colin? Or maybe you can find out. Look forward to outcome. Comment left on 18 November 2011 at 21:25 by Iris Winton
Colin this is strange. picture #1658 shows a very similar shot at the end of the cine clip as the lady walks along the harbour. Both shots are dated 1964. The two sheds on the left of picture are just in shot, but the third shed on the right is not there, also in this shot it looks as if it would have to be on the other side of the "V" to be in perspective.

Also there is a cargo hoist and surround in the cine shot. It does support the "This not Cromarty" argument.

Have a look and see what you think.
Comment left on 19 November 2011 at 17:17 by Arthur Bird
This is a photo of Cromarty harbour, but definitely NOT the RN pinnace that took the Queen there in 1964. Have a look at my contribution of the 1964 arrival, past the lifeboat which was on the pinnace' PORT side. Billy Bathie and Ronnie Winton, are in the corner. This seems to be a Regatta day, or even the launching day of Highland One, when we had the odd visit from other RN craft. The Queen's craft had varnished deck & cabin. The additional hut would appear to have been an 'oil related' dredger store of some sort. That's the best I can dee for thee uvva now!! Comment left on 19 November 2011 at 19:20 by Clem Watson
Hi Iris, that is the harbour, and that's John (tourie) Patience on the Queen o Scots, as far as I can remember she came here in the early 70s. Is the woman above John on harbour Violet Walters? I seem to remember a wee shed on the bit of harbour that was demolished in the 60s. Comment left on 19 November 2011 at 20:07 by Sue florence
Queen o Scots was used by Fred Newton from around 1974 to about 1976 when she was replaced by Souters Lass. The other vessel is from the Royal Yacht Britania. I have a picture of her outside the harbour with Queen o Scots moored just where she is here. I'll dig it out and put in on. Comment left on 20 November 2011 at 20:18 by Ronald Young
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