Day 333: Alnessferry to Gallow Hill – The Oil Rig Graveyard

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Ross-shire - East, Scotland

Date of walk: 21/8/19

Ocean Vanguard Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig III, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

The McCulloch of Udale tablestone, 1725. Symbols of mortality began to appear after the Reformation and are intended to emphasise the shortness of earthly life. St Michael’s Church, The Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Ocean Vanguard Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig IV, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Kirkmichael Medieval Cross, St Michael’s Church, The Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Ocean Vanguard Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig V, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Symbols of mortality above a tomb in the graveyard of St Michael’s Church, The Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig I, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Surrounded gravestone, St Michael’s Church, The Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

GSF Monarch Jack-Up Rig I, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Eir Jack-Up Rig I, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Baug Jack-Up Rig I, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Oil rig graveyard, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Baug Jack-Up Rig II, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Topless rig, Cromarty Firth, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Eir Jack-Up Rig II, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig II, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Baug Jack-Up Rig III, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

GSF Monarch & Baug Jack-Up Rigs, Cromarty Firth, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Rowing Skiff and rigs, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Semi-Submersible and Jack-Up Rig, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Bike & Rigs, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

GSF Monarch & Baug Jack-Up Rigs tower above Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Cromarty & Rigs II, Ross & Cromarty, Scot

Liner in the Moray Firth, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Oil rig graveyard at dusk I, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Oil rig graveyard at dusk II, Cromarty Firth. Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Looks wheeled to me.

An amazing seafood pizza in Sutor Creek Cafe.

South Sutor Extended Defence Officers Post (XDO Post). The anti-submarine minefield would have been controlled from here. The officer in the post would have the responsibility of electrically firing the minefield if a submarine was detected in the firth.
Linked electrically to the XDO Post was a loop of cable on the sea bed, and whenever a ship or submarine sailed over it, the magnetic field signatures from them would cause a current to flow in the loop, causing a light to flash in the XDO Post. If it was an enemy that was detected, the controlling officer could set off a line of mines lying in the centre of the loop. All the mines would go off simultaneously.

A lost bear at South Sutor.

I was keen to get into South Sutor Coast Battery as its been described as “the most complete surviving coast battery within Scotland” but there are guards!!

Oh joy, I’m lying in the dark listening to the close proximity splash of cow pats and streams of cow piss!

Eight hours later and they’re still there!

Camp at Gallow Hill, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.

Harvest time in the Black Isle.
Battery observation post at South Sutor Coast Battery.
Rigs parked in the Cromarty Firth.
I just heard heavy breathing outside the tent!
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2 thoughts on “Day 333: Alnessferry to Gallow Hill – The Oil Rig Graveyard”

  1. I “cheated” and used the Cromarty to Nigg ferry instead, so I didn’t go around the west side of the Black Isle (which I also noticed is neither blank nor an isle!).

  2. Kevan Hubbard says:

    I never thought about of the Reformation and the connection between it and mortality.In pre reformation art the dead are often seen as very much active and doing things.Of course Scotland very much fell under the spell of Paris born lawyer and religious reformer, John Calvin,who believed that only a certain number of people would be saved and furthermore they already had been as they where predestined for salvation.John Knox who was born,if I remember correctly,in Haddington between Edinburgh and Dunbar,went to Geneva, where Calvin had fled to,to learn about Calvinism and brought it back to Scotland where it spread rapidly.

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