Natal Gardens, Invergordon, North East Scotland.

Alex Young

Inverkeithing, United Kingdom

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The drilling rig Ocean Guardian can be seen through the Natal Gardens in Invergordon.
Cromarty Firth Natal Gardens
For over two centuries the Cromarty Firth witnessed the presence of the Royal Navy. One famous event to happen in the firth was the blowing up of HMS Natal. On the 30th December 1915 the cruiser Natal was hosting a party. Many locals were invited but some stayed at home as the weather was very bad. A huge explosion caused the Natal to keel over within minutes, resulting in the loss of around 400 lives. Although there were stories of spies and sabotage, the official enquiry sited faulty cordite in the ammunition stores as the cause. A statutory instrument came into force on the 30th September 2002 offering protection to military maritime graves, naming HMS Natal and eight other vessels in UK territorial waters, and prohibiting any intrusive activities. This garden has been named in memory of those who died on HMS Natal.

An extract from a notice at the gardens.

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