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Cromarty Image Library

Clem Watson

This is the first of many Cromarty related photos I hope
to ressurect from personal archive material, within the
next few months.

Bottom of Bank St - c1910 The railings on the coastguard houses were removed to help the war effort. A close up of the har...
Lifeboat beached for cleaning - c1960 RNLB Lilla Marras, Douglas & Will in the harbour.
Permit to access South Sutor - 1941 Large areas of the South Sutor were used by the armed forces during the first and second world wars....
Map of Cromarty - 1871 This map shows a number of differences from today. At the right hand side some houses can be seen to...
The harbour - c1910 Two men and a dog can be seen sitting on a bench in front of the Royal. There are two lorries and a ...
Duchess of Gloucester naming new Lifeboat Picture recording the naming of the new Lifeboat in Cromarty Harbour by the Duchess of Gloucester in...
Boats pulled up on Beach Boats on the beach in front of Fishertown. The right-most house was, until recently, the pottery sho...
Cromarty Lifeboat - 1955 The RNLB Lilla Marras, Douglas & Will was Cromarty lifeboat, from 1955 until 1968. This picture a...
Lifeboat at Regatta - c1950 This picture must be from before 1955, as the RNLB James Macfee was replaced in then.
Naming of the RNLB James Macfee - 1931 The RNLB James Macfee was the lifeboat in Cromarty from 1931 to 1955. The naming ceremony took place...
The first QE2 visit to the Cromarty Firth The QE2 leaving the firth can be seen on picture #38.
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...
HMS Natal Picture of HMS Natal which sank in Cromarty Harbour in 1915
Avenue of trees down to McFarquhar's Bed This postcard was produced by R.T & S Ltd - 1920?? If you can pin-point the year please let us k...
Cromarty Harbour - Regatta 2003 Shows the Invergordon Lifeboat in attendance, and some of the yachts gathered for the day.
Programme for lifeboat naming ceremony - 1931 This leaflet was circulated at the naming ceremony for the RNLB 'James Macfee' in 1931. The leaflet ...
Lifeboat naming ceremony leaflet - 1956 This leaflet was circulated at the naming ceremony for the RNLB 'Lilla Marras, Douglas and Will' in ...
Cromarty Crest The Crest of Cromarty with three boar's heads.
Northern Lights (aurora borealis) over the Firth Photographs taken on the evening of November 20th, as the northern lights lit up the night sky over ...
Church St - middle - c1900 This amazing pic shows the houses on Church St which were replaced by the Episcopal Church and the H...
Yachts being lifted from Cromarty Harbour At the end of summer 2003. Alex Davidson is standing in the middle wearing red top.
The Endeavour leaving for Invergordon Skippered by Albert Watson, she made the journey 3 times a day carrying the mails under Post Office ...
The Harbour - 1902 This Valentines postcard shows a large ship in the harbour, the Girnal or storehouse at the left and...
Ordnance Survey Map - 1897 The 1877 map shown on picture #544 shows houses to east of Clunes, which are not visible on this map...
Two Lifeboats in the Harbour 27th Dec 2003 The Kessock Lifeboat - Moray Dolphin - joins the Invergordon Lifeboat - Douglas Aikman Smith - in Cr...
Little Vennel This early picture captures some of the fisher folk at work. I would guess that this dates to about ...
Painting of Cromarty from the West Old Painting of the town as seen from the West.
Borel Seaplane No idea where this was taken but it is apparently in Cromarty.
High Tide on Marine Terrace The combination of high tide and violent storm cause flooding along the front.
Harbour in Storm at High Tide - 2005 The night of 11th/12th January 2005 is reckoned to be the worst storm in Scotland for a decade. Crom...
Half Submerged Van Martin Skidmore or one of his workers going beyond the call of duty to attend a call-out in Cromarty...
East Church - 1998 The now redundant East Church in the Fishertown, seen from the east end of the churchyard.
Maintenance on the Lighthouse 3rd March 2005. The black paint has been stripped from the cupola exposing the copper underneath.
Galaxy III leaves the firth - 2003 The Galaxy III jack-up drilling rig sat a few hundred yards off the harbour in early 2003. This pic ...
Courthouse Postcards - c1900, c2000 Two postcards, taken roughly a century apart. The first is part of the Valentine series, the second ...
Cromarty Harbour - c1905 One of a collection of 'Magic Lantern' slides bought using advertising money from this site, this ph...
Cromarty from the Air - c1935 This is a brilliant shot showing some amazing detail, especially on the large and zoomified versions...
Harbour Awash - 1998 The harbour awash at high tide with the wind blowing from the west.
Annual Report of the Cottage Hospital Text: Forty-Third Annual Report of Cottage Hospital, Cromarty. Opened 22nd June 1894. Forty-Thir...
Visit of RNLB James Macfee to Inverness The large version shows close-ups of the people.
Albert Watson Taken after the Queen's visit in 1964, wearing an RNLI jumper.
Sea Planes by the Links - 1913 This is a rare picture of several sea planes both in the water and on the Links.
Cromarty Football Team 1936 Back from left: ?, Ernest Burnett, ?, Ronald Couper, Willie Durrant, Dan Christie, Alex Finlayson (A...
Aerial pic of QM2 This pic makes the channel between Cromarty and Nigg look very narrow, with the QM2 'squeezing' her ...
QM2 entering the firth. Taken around 6:30am from the top of the North Sutor.
The Ailsa arriving at the harbour This picture shows the Ailsa approaching the harbour with a large beacon in the foreground.
Aerial view of Cromarty from the west - 2001 I took this picture from a PLM Helicopter on the 12th January 2001, flying from Invergordon to Aberd...
A very quiet Big Vennel Taken on a late August Monday morning, this is a very unusual scene in 21st Century Cromarty - Big V...
Big Vennel From a book of photographs published by John Bain, Draper and Clothier, Cromarty. 1900 Photograph...
Looking down the Big Vennel - c1910??? Fishermen working on nets and creels beside the still-cobbled street.
Wreck of the Servus - 1959 During unusually severe gales the Servus came to grief off the Caithness coast. The Cromarty lifeboa...
South Sutor Stacks The WW1 Gun (and WW2 searchlight) Gun emplacements on the Sutor Stacks. The link wire bridge seen in...
Cromarty Harbour panorama Wide view shot of Cromarty Harbour. Normally full of a variety of small boats, it has been emptied t...
Barclay House Barclay House and its new extension.
QM2 leaving the Firth Note the ferry giving the QM2 a tow!
Dolphins with Cromarty in the background. The Moray Firth dolphins are often seen from Cromarty.
QM2 at berth at Invergordon QM2 moored at Invergordon.
The World - Cruise liner passing Cromarty - 2002 The World leaving the Firth. See also picture #344.
D.R.McKenzie's Iron Mongery Store This picture shows D.R.MacKenzie's Ironmongery Shop which has more recently been Binnies Tearoom. E...
Aerial view - 2005 Taken from helicopter on Christmas Eve, 2005.
The Enterprise Boat This is a very early picture of the 'Enterprise'
Catriona Gilles receiving her BEM - 1992 Catriona Gilles, postmistress being presented with her British Empire Medal in 1992 by the Lord Lieu...
Sea Cloud II picks up a pilot Sea Cloud reduces sail to pick up a pilot as she passes between the North Sutor and SECDO 706
Last Cargo vessel to visit Cromarty. Albert Larne standing at the end of the harbour watching a load of basic slag being unloaded to be s...
Rupert Neil on the Harbour - c1950 Rupert was a local character - he could remember attending the 'Wet Review' in Edinburgh, which was ...
A blue snowy morning on the Links 28/2/2006 Winter has arrived for 2006 - and a very cold North Wind
Major flood damage in Oswald Lane This picture clearly shows the extent of the damage caused to Oswald Lane c1940.
Harbour Scene - c1968 The Cromarty lifeboat alongside one of Albert Watson's boats and a couple of others.
QE2 leaving the firth - 1998 The QE2, with the South Sutor in the background, leaves the firth after a stopover at Invergordon. W...
Fisher Girls From a book of photographs published by John Bain, Draper and Clothier, Cromarty. 1900 Photograph...
Boats in the harbour - c1980 Looking north-west from the harbour. The rusty boat on the left was owned by Albert Watson who lived...
The South Sutor From Shore Street - 9:00 am on Sunday the 12th of March
Lilla Marras Douglas & Will As delivered in 1955, pre cockpit alteration, alongside MV Endeavour.
Cromarty Coastguard - 2004 Alistair Milns, Garve Scott-Lodge, Tim Barton, Paul Shepherd, Philip McGovern, Donald Cameron, Scott...
Newly dredged harbour at low tide This picture shows the newly dredged harbour at a fairly low tide. The new 'basin shaped' deep area ...
Bag nets drying on the links - c1960 Up until the late 70s these could be seen stretched out on poles beside the Salmon Bothy to dry off ...
Gaelic Chapel - c1920 The Gaelic Chapel with roof intact.
Cromarty taken from the top of the North Sutor Although this picture looks like an aerial view, it was in fact taken from the North Sutor on a glor...
Old picture of Victoria Park This is an amazing picture showing the area which is now Victoria Park. Denoon Villa can be clearly...
Cromarty Harbour, looking west towards Dingwall Wide angle photograph taken from the top of the recently renovated lookout tower (now Cromarty Boat ...
View from Ardyne to School This view is unusual as the photo was taken from the top of the scaffolding on Ardyne on Bank Street...
Harbour Basin This should be viewed along with picture #1086 which shows most of this scene apart from the right-h...
Sunrise over Cromarty Actually taken from Invergordon, this cracking pic from Pat shows rigs and the South Sutor in the ea...
Cromarty Lighthouse 1998 The now automated lighthouse on George St, with the Coastguard Station and Lookout Tower on the righ...
The QE2 from Braehead - 1994 The QE2 passing the Links on her first visit to the Firth in 1994. This shot looks like it was taken...
The last rig leaves the Firth The Essar Wildcat (ex Transocean Wildcat) is towed out between the Sutors as it starts a 90 day jour...
The Harbour Brogan Fuels supplying fuel for fishing boats at the harbour.

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