NH7568 : Natal Buoy in the Cromarty Firth

taken 3 years ago, 3 km from Shore Mill, Highland, Great Britain

Natal Buoy in the Cromarty Firth
Natal Buoy in the Cromarty Firth
Buoy marking the position of the wreck of HMS Natal.

The Cromarty Firth was transformed into a strategic naval base during the First World War. In December 1915 the Warrior-class armoured cruiser Natal sank following an internal explosion (later attributed to ‘questionable’ cordite LinkExternal link ) whilst anchored near Cromarty. Of her complement of 815 men, the loss of life was heavy, amounting to 421 officers and men LinkExternal link . Most of her wreck was slowly salvaged over the decades until the remnants were demolished in the 1970s so they were no longer a hazard to navigation. The remains of the wreck are designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 as a war grave.

Canmore LinkExternal link describes the location of the wreck as 9½ km east of Invergordon and in the centre of the Firth to the north of Udale Bay at 57.68740°N , 4.08850°E.

Further information at:
LinkExternal link Canmore
LinkExternal link Wikipedia
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Date Taken
Saturday, 9 July, 2016   (more nearby)
Friday, 2 September, 2016
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military  Estuary, Marine 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NH 755 683 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:41.2440N 4:5.3097W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NH 758 685
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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