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Cromarty Image Library

Craig Simms

I have fallen in love with Cromarty partly because my family are from here. Hope you will enjoy looking through my album of these fantastic phtographs.

Capt John Watson Wearing his Boer War medal on his left lapel, and the Royal Humane Society medal on his right lapel ...
Captain Watson of the Ailsa This is a wonderful picture of Captain Watson of the Ailsa. No date is currently available for this ...
Cromarty History Society - 2003 Clem Watson and Jean Newell with Diana Back, daughter of the captain of the Natal, which sank in the...
HMS Natal Picture of HMS Natal which sank in Cromarty Harbour in 1915
HMS Natal 2 Another view of HMS Natal which sunk in the Cromarty firth in 1915.
The upturned hull of HMS Natal - c1916 The Natal was sunk in the firth in 1915, by an explosion in the magazine. This shows the hull before...
Sonar image of HMS Natal - c2003 Ian says "This is a recent sonar scan photograph of the remains of HMS Natal. Photograph courtesy Go...
Aerial view of Cromarty House This is an aerial view of Comarty House with other houses appearing at the top of the picture (Clune...
Cromarty House - c1918 This shows the Big House in good repair, and being used as a social focal point. There is a tennis c...
The Lifeboat Crew during the Servus rescue - 1959 A scan of the images from an article from the People's Journal. Top left Albert Watson, Edward Scott...
Wreck of the Servus - 1959 During unusually severe gales the Servus came to grief off the Caithness coast. The Cromarty lifeboa...
Albert Watson receiving medal - 1960 Albert Watson, coxswain of the Cromarty lifeboat, receiving his British Empire Medal. On his right l...
The Ailsa The steamship 'Ailsa', whose captain was John Watson, was very much a part of the romantic scene of ...
The Ailsa arriving at the harbour This picture shows the Ailsa approaching the harbour with a large beacon in the foreground.
Gaelic Chapel 1998 The ruined Gaelic Chapel, on top of the Kirkie Brae to the south of Cromarty. You can see the chapel...
Hawk in the East Church yard. I've seen this hawk on the same perch a few times in early 2004 - I'll try to get a better picture. ...
Sandy Wood's Grave Sandy Wood's Grave - Died 1690. After a dispute with a neighbour, he asked on his death bed to be bu...
Chart of Robert Clyne's posts - c1916 This shows photographs of all the lighthouses Robert Clyne served in, with Cromarty at the bottom ri...
High Tide on Marine Terrace The combination of high tide and violent storm cause flooding along the front.
Half Submerged Van Martin Skidmore or one of his workers going beyond the call of duty to attend a call-out in Cromarty...
Very High Tide! Taken from in front of the Lookout Tower, this picture gives the best possible view of just how high...
Cromarty House Gardens Postcard published by Hossack & McLeod, Cromarty, showing the (now) walled garden with the old Manse...
Strange Paving on the links Work started today on peparing the Links in front of the school as a fenced play area. Ploughing the...
East Church Communion Token In the modern day, the printed 'Communion Card' has superseded the Communion Token, and even that is...
The Brewery - 1998 Now known as the Cromarty Centre, and run by Robert Gordon's University, the former Brewery was buil...
The Endeavour leaving for Invergordon Skippered by Albert Watson, she made the journey 3 times a day carrying the mails under Post Office ...
The Enterprise Boat This is a very early picture of the 'Enterprise'
Jock and Kate Shepherd - c1975?? Jock and Kate (Catherine) Shepherd (nee Watson). Jock was born in 82 Church St, Cromarty in 1892. K...
Picture of the Natal and Sister Ships by Sutors This picture shows the Natal (in the front) and her two sister ships (possibly the Achilles, Cochran...
Clarke print of Cromarty This is a copy of the Clarke engraving produced around 1800? (I'm sure David Alston will be snorting...
New House at the Chicken Farm Almost finished, the new traditional style house on the site of the old Marine Camp and Chicken Farm...
Bottom of Bank St - c1910 The railings on the coastguard houses were removed to help the war effort. A close up of the har...
Bridge on Cromarty Estate - 2004 This bridge on the driveway between Cromarty House and it's Gate Lodge on the Denny, was built by Po...
QE2 leaving the firth - 1998 The QE2, with the South Sutor in the background, leaves the firth after a stopover at Invergordon. W...
Cromarty Lifeboat - 1955 The RNLB Lilla Marras, Douglas & Will was Cromarty lifeboat, from 1955 until 1968. This picture a...
Cromarty Lifeboat The coxwain of the Cromarty Lifeboat was Albert Watson and the Engineer was John Watson.
Boats pulled up on Beach Boats on the beach in front of Fishertown. The right-most house was, until recently, the pottery sho...
Maintenance on the Lighthouse 3rd March 2005. The black paint has been stripped from the cupola exposing the copper underneath.
Panorama of the firth - Feb 27th 2004 This is just a small section of a panoramic photo taken at lunchtime on a snowy day the end of Febru...
The Paye and Paye House - 1998 The Paye is the old main road into Cromarty, and is still cobbled for about a third of its length.
Demolition of Skatepark - 17 Sept 04 The skatepark being demolished as it had become unsafe. Pic copyright of Garve Scott-Lodge.
Dredging the harbour - 23 Jun 2004 The 'Ben Crom' from Coastworks of Newry is here to do between 5 and 20 days dredging. Although the n...
Cromarty from the Hill postcard This is a scan from a postcard which looks to have been taken about 1910. Note that there are no shi...
Aerial view from the West - 2004 Taken through the window of Sea King 137.
Courthouse Jailblock Picture taken from behind the courthouse showing the old Jailblock (three cells within the block).
The Pier - c1903 Hand-coloured postcard of the harbour published by Hossack & McLeod, Cromarty.
Aerial view at East end of town - 2004 This pic shows part of Cromarty House, the bowling green, the Kennels, the Old Manse and the walled ...
Cromarty Coastguard - 2004 Alistair Milns, Garve Scott-Lodge, Tim Barton, Paul Shepherd, Philip McGovern, Donald Cameron, Scott...
Rig off Cromarty dwarfing the Ferry - 1998 Up to 16 rigs have been stored in the firth at any one time. The ferry is used to supply some of the...
Children swimming in the Harbour - c1930?? Makeshift slide being used by local children swimming round the back of the harbour. Was this slide ...
Salmon Nets on Links from Braehead Picture showing salmon nets with the Ice Rink in the foreground. Arthur says he used to sail Cork B...
Salmon Nets on the Links Salmon Nets on the links in front of what is now Bob and Christel's House
View from Cromarty Harbour Shows the hoist originally mounted at the top of the steps.
Gaelic Chapel - c1920 The Gaelic Chapel with roof intact.
Gaelic Chapel - c1916 The roof still intact at this point - when did it fall in? Taken from Robert Clyne's album. To see ...
West Church (Free Church) before the fire - c1916 A fire in the West Church after this photo was taken led to the rebuilding of much of the structure....
West Church afer the fire A Picture of the West Church after the fire of 1932.
Cromarty Bay from the East Very stylised print which I have to say without the title I wouldn't have recognised the scene. No i...
Aerial view of Lighthouse - 1974 Taken by Clem Watson from a Bristow's helicopter. He had done some design work from them without pay...
Two views of the Natal marker buoy. Taken on March 10th, 2005, these pics show two sides of the marker buoy for the wreck of HMS Natal. ...
Cromarty Harbour - c1905 One of a collection of 'Magic Lantern' slides bought using advertising money from this site, this ph...
View of lookout tower - c1969 This view from the Parapet Wall of the harbour shows the lookout tower as it was before it fell into...
Lighthouse, Coastguard Station and Gun - c1916 From Robert Clyne's album. A blown-up extract showing the guns can be seen here.

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