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Fishing Blockade from the Chicken Farm - 1975

Fishing Blockade from the Chicken Farm - 1975

Date Added: 26 April 2004 Contributor: Ronald Young Year: 1975 Picture No: 776

Groups: Fishing Boat Blockade


My father took this photo whilst demolishing an old hut up there with Neil MacArthur and Eric Thomas - they then used the wood for building sheds of their own. Comment left on 26 April 2004 at 22:38 by Ronald Young
Hi Ronald, is that the old Highland Queen berthed at Nigg Harbour? It was used as accommodation for the workers working at the Nigg yard. Comment left on 29 April 2004 at 20:40 by Sue Florence
The Highland Queen was the first of two ships berthed there - I think it was previously called the Pegasus. The second was a sister ship called the Hermes. The Nigg pub, or 'Piggery' as it is sometimes called must have been heaving! Comment left on 29 April 2004 at 22:46 by Garve Scott-Lodge
Peter Paterson owned the piggery at this time and he told me the floor of the pub was ground and earth and he used to clean it up every morning with a RAKE instead of a brush. Comment left on 12 May 2004 at 20:51 by Ronald Young
I remember the "Highland Queen" and "Hermes", and Peter Paterson at the Nigg Ferry Hotel. I worked at Nigg during those years, including some time as assistant to Janice Scott-Lodge. A long time ago, but treasured memories! Comment left on 16 November 2004 at 21:36 by Denis Taylor
Aye many a shift I spent in the chicken huts when Peggy worked there. Cedric & Liz Shepherd ( NO RELATION) used to live in the house that Helen Rowson now lives in, before moving to the Gardens House when Colonel Ross was alive. Comment left on 17 November 2004 at 00:50 by Paul Shepherd
It must have been taken after 1975, because we came up in 1976. We were up here for a good while when my father helped Neil and Andy demolish the hut. Comment left on 01 February 2005 at 18:46 by Paul Thomas
The blockade was 1975. From the 31st March to the 3rd April the Scottish Fishing Fleet Blockaded all the major Fishing and Industrial ports of Scotland in protest at cheap imports of frozen white fish, which were depressing quayside sale prices Comment left on 02 February 2005 at 20:22 by Calum Davidson
I remember those days of the Nigg Ferry hotel so well, I used to have a holiday job there, to earn extra pocket monies. Bunty, Nan, Peter, and not forgetting Mrs Shand were all so kind to me, and my dad who lived there for many years, Emil Schoebella. I also remember the "Greek" heartache that one of the crew on the Highland Queen caused to some of the local lassies, especially my sister!!! Memories, .........ha ha!! Comment left on 14 February 2006 at 23:47 by Roseanna Healy
I am currently trying to find my biological father who came over to work at Nigg. I believe he may have worked on the Highland Queen. His name was Costas Drevis, He met with my mother Linda Schoebella at this time. If anyone can help I would be very gratefull! Comment left on 21 April 2010 at 09:01 by Maria Walker
Roseanne Healy, I remember your dad, Emil. I believe he was a German prisoner of war who elected to remain in Scotland after the war was over. Did he work at the pig farm at the top of Nigg Hill? Comment left on 05 September 2020 by Ian Ferguson
Yes Ian Ferguson, he first worked up at Castlecraig farm, up on the hill, then he went to Culnaha farm for many a year. In his later life, he returned to Germany for a short time before coming back to the UK. Comment left on 16 October 2020 by Roseanna Healy
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