Port Edgar

On the Firth of Forth
 immediately to the west of the Forth Road Bridge

 HMS Lochinvar  -  1962

HMS Lochinvar, Port Edgar  -  1962

  Copyright: Brien Towler, Currimundi, Queensland, Australia                                                                           Photograph taken:  1962


HMS Lochinvar


Thank you to Brien Towler for sending me three photographs taken at Port Edgar in 1962.

The photograph above is of M1102, SNIPE, one of 6 ton class minesweepers bought by the Australian Govt. in 1962, and berthed at HMS Lochinvar, Port Edgar, on the Firth of Forth,  until October 1962 when they departed for Australia.

Here are the other two photos that Brien sent to me:

HMS Lochinvar at Port Edgar  -  around 1962     HMS Lochinvar at Port Edgar  -  around 1962

Brien wrote:

"In 1962 I was sent to the UK as a member of the RAN (Royal Australian Navy) and during this time I spent a lot of time at  HMS Lochinvar, waiting for our ship, SNIPE,  to be finished.

HMS Lochinvar was a Shore Establishment at Port Edgar, South Queensferry."

Brien added:

"I never thought to take a photo of the depot from outside the gate, something that I now regret."

Brian Towler, Currimundi, Queensland, Australia:  June 2007


 Port Edgar Photo


Do you know of any photograph of the depot, taken from outside the gate?  If so, please please e-mail me and I'll pass on the news to Brien.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs,  June 8, 2007


Thank you to Roger Rose who found a photo of the Port Edgar depot from outside the gates.

Unfortunately, for copyright reasons, I'm not able to reproduce this photo on the web site.  However, I can pass on Roger's advice on where to find the photo.  His advice worked well for me.

Roger wrote:

"If you Google 'Scran-Fishery Protection Squadron', you'll see  the picture."

Roger Rose:  November 15, 2008

Funny Story

Roger added:

"Here is a funny story from Lochinvar.

The base hosted many minesweepers and minehunters. All these ships had divers on board (to de-fuse mines, etc) Most ships carried 2 Gemini type RIBs, which were powered by Johnson outboards.

Now, all naval establishments had huge static water tanks, primarily for fire-fighting. The tank near to the workshops in Lochinvar was very handy for testing these outboard motors on load (with their props in some water).

Sailors everywhere are familiar with an industrial detergent called 'Teepol' After lengthy discussions in the 'Stag' or 'Forth', it was decided to empty several of these five gallon containers of 'Pusser's Fairy Liquid' into the said tank, then sit back and watch the commotion."

Roger Rose:  November 15, 2008


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