NS0667 : Cairn at Port Bannatyne

taken 5 years ago, near to Ettrickdale, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Cairn at Port Bannatyne
Cairn at Port Bannatyne
At the HMS Varbel Memorial Garden.
HMS Varbel Memorial Garden
Bute was a major Naval base during WWII. Between 1942 and 1945 the Kyles Hydropathic hotel was requisitioned as HMS Varbel and used as the HQ of the 12th Submarine Flotilla (X-Craft midget submarines). They operated in Norway, Italy and the Far East. Between them they won four Victoria Cross medals, 65 prestigious medals and were mentioned in dispatches more than 100 times.

The well maintained memorial garden beside the boatyard on the main road in Port Bannatyne was opened in 2005 by John Lorimer DSO. It honours the crew members of HMS Varbel and the midget subs who lost their lives in active service.

The submarines mentioned on a metal plaque in the garden are X5, X6, X7, X9, X22, X24, XE3, XE5, XE6 and XE11.

There is a wire formed floral arrangement in the shape of a midget submarine and a large framed photograph of HMS Varbel in the garden.

What appears to be an old bomb or shell case is used to collect donations for the upkeep of the garden.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 13 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Sunday, 30 June, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 0692 6735 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.6332N 5:5.2058W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 0917 6492
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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