Thursday, 26 May 2011

The former HMS 'Lochinvar'

News came out yesterday that the marina at Port Edgar at South Queensferry is going to be closed in a few years by the City of Edinburgh Council because they cannot afford to renovate it. This is the latest in a long line of financial worries for the marina because Edinburgh Leisure who run it also have to maintain the just as crumbling Meadowbank Stadium.

For many years Port Edgar was also known as HMS 'Lochinvar' and was home to destroyers and minesweepers from the First World War right up until the Cold War.

The Royal Navy left in 1975 and moved across the Firth of Forth to HMS 'Caledonia' at Rosyth. I doubt if much has been done there since the Navy left and they probably didn't do much since the Second World War.

We'll see if it struggles on but it is also near the proposed site of the new Forth bridge so it is likely to be impacted by that too.

A sad end to a forgotten naval base. There is still a memorial there to remind people of its glorious past though.

1 comment:

  1. Alas our proud naval heritage is slowly being erased by over zelous polititions and greedy developers.

    It would be a great move for the area and Scotland to save, and open the former HMS Lochinvar as a Naval museum, before its too late.