Cromarty Archive

Borel Seaplane

Borel Seaplane

Date Added: 25 November 2004 Contributor: Andrew Bathie Year: 1912 Picture No: 952

No idea where this was taken but it is apparently in Cromarty.

Albums: People, Postcards, The Sea

Groups: Cromarty - Seaplane Base


Congratulations Andrew in finding this picture. A few months ago I prepared a series of 3-view line drawings of the Cromarty Air Station aircraft, 1913, for the ROYAL AIR FORCE Museum at Hendon, London. After having being inspired a) by Eric Malcolm's research on the subject, plus b) direct contact with the Musee d'Aviation at Le Bourget, near Paris.
So far I produced the Borel, and the Caudron G2, and at present working on the Farman, Cromarty based, with the Renault engine. The Base, first in the UK had a short life, then moved to Fort George. Winston Churchill, 1st Sea Lord at the time, took several flights around the inner Moray Firth area with Lt. Longmore.
Comment left on 29 November 2004 at 11:36 by Clem Watson (I think)
Thanks Clem, would this hanger have been on the Links? It does look like it is on grass and the hanger something of a glorified marquee. Comment left on 01 December 2004 at 18:25 by Andrew Bathie
Andrew, yes it was on the Links, it was a sort of sectional marquee, the patent name was, from memory, Besameau. I will cross check this for you. I'm going to Cromarty in the morning, plus a visit to your uncle Corrie! Comment left on 01 December 2004 at 21:58 by Clem Watson
Don't you live in Cromarty now Clem? Comment left on 16 May 2005 at 20:52 by ?
Do you have a photo of a Caudron G2 ? Comment left on 20 July 2007 at 01:32 by Maurice Gambles
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