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Title: Scotland
Post by: stokerstan on July 24, 2019, 08:52:05 PM
      Had a couple of weeks driving round the Scottish Highlands recently,and found a some interesting places.
 We had a three day stay over in Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull. We were advised that the Royal navy had in times past made much use of an anchorage in the bay just round from the town.
 We were told that a freshwater waterfall,that fed into the bay had during the Napoleonic period been used by numerous ships to top up their fresh water stocks.The ship could stock up in relative security,and particularly during the long periods that the Navy was maintaining the long blockade on the French, this must have been a welcome break.
    Over a hundred years later, during the second world war, the same site was used for exactly the same purpose by numerous naval ships, particularly those involved in the long task of escorting
convoy, vessels during the worst periods of the Uboat war. I have been unable to find any pictures of the activity,but we eventually located the actual waterfall about a mile up the coast from the town. There is a pier, still standing from the war period, but how water would have been taken onto the ship, seems to have  now been lost. It was suggested that in Nelsons time the ship would anchor in shore, and barrels were taken and filled using oar power.I would guess in the 1940's some form of pumps must have existed, but however it was done, it seems it saved a lot of sea time, and the water still rolls down the waterfall clear and cold.The waterfall flows out from an area called Aros Park,the fall can be found by walking round the coastal path, or by following the main road out of the town. (well sign posted).
Have some good pictures, but cannot get them to download.....working on it. ???
Title: Re: Scotland
Post by: Dave on July 26, 2019, 10:09:36 PM
Posting two pics for the post above     Stans pics,    click to enlarge

Title: Re: Scotland
Post by: stokerstan on July 26, 2019, 11:10:56 PM

   Thanks Crash, I will try again, but I think it is just that computers do not like me ! :'( :'(