On the Firth of Forth
immediately to the west of the Forth Road Bridge
HMS Lochinvar - 1962
Brien Towler, Currimundi, Queensland, Australia
Photograph taken: 1962
Thank you to Brien Towler for
sending me three photographs taken at Port Edgar in 1962.
The photograph above
is of M1102, SNIPE and another ship
(number not identified), both 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
Here are the other two photos that
Brien sent to me:
"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."
"I never thought
to take a photo of the depot from outside the gate, something that I
Brian Towler, Currimundi, Queensland, Australia:
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.
- 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
"If you Google
'Scran-Fishery Protection Squadron', you'll see the picture."
November 15, 2008
"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).
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."
November 15, 2008