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South Queensferry, Port Edgar Harbour

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    HMS COLUMBINE; HMS HOPETOUN; HMS LOCHINVAR; QUEENSFERRY NARROWS; INNER FORTH ESTUARY; UPPER FIRTH OF FORTH
  • Canmore ID
    90058
  • Site type
    HARBOUR (20TH CENTURY), NAVAL ESTABLISHMENT (FIRST WORLD WAR), NAVAL ESTABLISHMENT (20TH CENTURY)
  • Parish
    DALMENY
  • Council
    WEST LOTHIAN
  • NGR
    NT 1229 7863
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.992582N, 3.407655W
  • Archeological notes
    NT17NW 181.00 centred 1229 7863 For associated major establishment of HM Dockyard, Rosyth (NT 09 82) and list of other naval establishments in the area, see NT08SE 41.00. Not to be confused with HMS Lochinvar at Granton Harbour, for which see NT27NW 28.00. For coastal artillery, anti-aircraft and anti-submarine defences around the dockyard and the Forth Rail Bridge (NT17NW 70), see under individual entries as classified under 'Defence; Military...'. NT17NW 181.01 Centred NT 1217 7866 Structure (Rope-splicing table) NT17NW 181.02 NT 12189 78687 Capstan; Slipway NT17NW 181.03 NT 12118 78989 Crane NT17NW 181.04 From NT 1195 7918 to NT 1175 7875 Breakwater (West) NT17NW 181.05 From NT 1218 7915 to NT 1234 7874 Breakwater (East) NT17NW 181.06 From NT 1194 7886 to NT 1188 7863 Pier (West) NT17NW 181.07 From NT 1210 7901 to NT 1215 7869 Pier; Slipway; Capstan (East and pontoons) NT17NW 181.08 Centred NT 11665 78720 Barracks NT17NW 181.09 Centred NT 12369 78659 Workshop; Magazine NT17NW 181.10 Centred NT 11486 78742 Barracks (Officers) NT17NW 181.11 NT 11523 78739 Air-raid shelter NT17NW 181.12 NT 11697 78694 Guardroom; Jail NT17NW 181.13 NT 11759 78711 Church; Chapel NT17NW 181.14 NT 12125 78584 Electricity Generating Station NT17NW 181.15 NT 12094 78575 Training Establishment NT17NW 181.16 Centred NT 12283 78679 Workshops NT17NW 181.17 NT 12314 78621 and NT 12348 78614 Workshops NT17NW 181.18 Centred NT 12235 78683 Huts (wooden) NT17NW 181.19 NT 12204 78693 Workshop; Aircraft Hangar NT17NW 181.20 NT 12205 78632 Office NT17NW 181.21 NT 12207 78603 Cottage NT17NW 181.22 NT 12359 78575 Police Station; Guardroom NT17NW 181.23 NT 12165 78813 Workshop (Loop Shed) NT17NW 181.24 Centred NT 11662 8694 Stores NT17NW 181.25 Centred NT 12259 78628 Building; Huts NT17NW 181.26 NT 11733 78727 and NT 11731 78713 Boiler House; Garage NT17NW 181.27 Centred NT 11743 78695 Gym; Rifle Range; Store NT17NW 181.28 NT 11594 78729 Hospital NT17NW 181.29 NT 11816 78666 and NT 11847 78646 Hut; Mast NT17NW 181.30 c.NT 1214 7862 Memorial NT17NW 181.31 NT 12221 78621 Air-raid shelter NT17NW 213 NT 12595 78524 Building (Flotilla Club) Port Edgar: 'A middling sized freestone pier, in very good repair. It was erected in 1810 by the Queensferry Passage Trustees at the expense of £4763-13s-10d and is 378 feet in length. The ledge of rock on which the pier was built was naturally suited for a landing place and to the circumstance of Edgar Aitheling (heir to the Confessor) landing here it derives its name. On 15th August 1822 King George IV embarked here after paying a visit to the Earl of Hopetoun. Ordnance Survey Name Book, 1855 Port Edgar [NAT] OS 1:10,560 map, Linlithgowshire, [new series], iv.8, 1916. Port Edgar (Water Sports Centre) [NAT] OS 1:10,000 map, 1984. 1916 Admiralty acquires Port Edgar and adjacent land for development as a torpedo boat destroyer (TBD) depot to complement Rosyth dockyard (NT08SE 41.00) 1917 Port Edgar commissioned as HMS Columbine: 66 destroyers accommodated in pens. 1919 Mutiny among destroyers of First Flotilla at Port Edgar on grounds of conditions of service in North Russia. 1924-6 Captain (later Admiral of the Fleet) A B Cunningham in command at Port Edgar 1928-38 Port Edgar closed: local concern at loss of jobs. 1939 Port Edgar re-activated as HMS Lochinvar 1943 Port Edgar re-named HMS Hopetoun and enters service as Combined Operations Training Centre in preparation for Normandy landings. Name HMS Lochinvar and role of minesweeping training transferred to Granton Harbour (NT27NW 28.00). 1946 Port Edgar resumes name HMS Lochinvar: provides base and co-ordination facilities for post-war mine clearance. 1948 Port Edgar becomes minesweeping Trials and Experimentation Establishment. 1958 Fishery Protection Squadron moves to Port Edgar from the Humber 1960 Port Edgar becomes responsible for all minesweeping training. 1962 Visit to Port Edgar by HM King Olav of Norway 1975 Port Edgar closes with opening of new Fleet Base within Rosyth complex (NT08SE 41.00) 1978 Lothian Regional Council purchase site for use as marina. 1988 Algerine Association memorial ('cairn') erected. 'Sinbad' 2002. This is a large working harbour and marina within stone walls which are well maintained. Site recorded by GUARD during the Coastal Assessment Survey for Historic Scotland, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife' 19th February 1996. Former fishing harbour converted and rebuilt into a destroyer base immediately before the First World War. Originally wooden piers and jetties were used housing about 36 detsroyers. 'Oil fuel, electric power and fresh woater were laid on' (Cunningham 1951) with extensive workshops, an electricity power station, barracks, for both officers and ratings, drill areas and canteens and messing halls. In area, including the harbour, the base totals about 40.70 hectares. Information from RCAHMS (DE), November 2006
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 90058 (1/9/1966)
    Scanned image of oblique aerial view of Forth Road Bridge and Port Edgar Royal Naval Base from the S.
  • 90058 (1/9/1966)
    Scanned image of oblique aerial view of Port Edgar Royal Naval Base from the SE. Also visible is the S toll booths for the Forth Road Bridge and Hopetoun Road.
  • 90058 (1/9/1966)
    Scanned image of oblique aerial view of Forth Road Bridge and Port Edgar Royal Naval Base from the SSW. Also visible is Dundas Castle and part of the Forth Bridge.
  • 90058 (1939)
    Vertical air photograph showing Port Edgar, South Queensferry
  • 90058 (17/3/1950)
    Scanned image of oblique aerial view of South Queensferry and Port Edgar Royal Naval Base from the E.
  • 90058 (22/10/1941)
    Scanned image of RAF WW II oblique aerial photograph of the Royal Naval destroyer and minsweeping base at Port Edgar from the SE. Also visible are two barrage balloon mooring sites with Rosyth Naval Dockyard in the background.
  • 90058 (20/10/1941)
    Scanned image of RAF WW II oblique aerial photograph of the Royal Naval destroyer and minsweeping base at Port Edgar from the SSE. Also visible are two barrage balloon mooring sites
  • 90058 (14/2/1949)
    Scanned image of negative showing dredging layout plan for Port Edgar Harbour. Titled 'Rosyth. Port Edgar Dredging. Depths and Nature of Bottom'. Additional information given 'All soundings are in feet below chart datum Material dredged classed as free getting on dredging master's returns. No actual records of materials'.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 90058 (1939)
    Vertical air photograph showing Port Edgar, South Queensferry
  • 90058 ()
    Vertical aerial view of North and South Queensferry and the Forth Railway Bridge.
  • 90058 (1967)
    South Queensferry, Port Edgar Royal Naval Station Lochinvar. Lochinvar model and drawings.
  • 90058 (1967)
    South Queensferry, Port Edgar Royal Naval Station Lochinvar. Lochinvar model and drawings.
  • 90058 (1966)
    South Queensferry, Port Edgar Royal naval Station Lochinvar. Map of site.
  • 90058 (1966)
    South Queensferry, Port Edgar Royal naval Station Lochinvar. View of boiler house.
  • 90058 (1966)
    South Queensferry, Port Edgar Royal Naval Station Lochinvar. General view of site at Lochinvar.
  • 90058 (1966)
    South Queensferry, Port Edgar Royal naval Station Lochinvar. General view of site at Lochinvar.
  • 90058 (1966)
    South Queensferry, Port Edgar Royal naval Station Lochinvar. General view of site at Lochinvar.
  • 90058 (1964)
    South Queensferry, Port Edgar Royal naval Station Lochinvar. View of east breakwater.
  • 90058 (1964)
    South Queensferry, Port Edgar Royal naval Station Lochinvar. View of mens toilets and washrooms.
  • 90058 (19/6/1941)
    RAF WWII vertical air photograph taken in 1941 of South Queensferry, Port Edgar. Visible is the minesweeper base at Port Edgar with at least five barrage balloons.
  • 90058 (22/10/1941)
    RAF WWII oblique aerial view of part of South Queensferry and the minesweeper base at Port Edgar. Two barrage balloon sites are also visible in the photograph.
  • 90058 (1993)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 90058 (1996)
    Survey photographs: South Queensferry; Tolbooth, Harbour, Friary Church and Plewlands House; Port Edgar Harbour with modern crane; Forth Road Bridge; Blackness Castle and House with Doocot and sea wall; Society Point, long cists, buildings and World War 2 defences; Hopetoun House estate, Nethermill Bridge and damaged sea wall; Carriden sites of Roman fort and altar, with forts at Stacks and Carras Gate as well as Ice-House at Carriden; Bo'ness Sawmills and remains of harbour. Views of coastline with erosion units 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14; geology units 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
  • 90058 (1996)
    Survey photographs: South Queensferry Friary Church and Plewlands House; Port Edgar Harbour with modern crane; Forth Road Bridge; Blackness Castle and House with Doocot and sea wall; Society Point, long cists, buildings and World War 2 defences; Hopetoun House estate, Nethermill Bridge and damaged sea wall; Carriden sites of Roman fort and altar, with forts at Stacks and Carras Gate as well as Ice-House at Carriden; Bo'ness Sawmills and remains of harbour.

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1357068 (29/10/2013)
    General oblique aerial view of the River Forth showing the construction site of the new Queensferry Crossing, the Forth Road and Rail bridges and Port Edgar looking to the NE.
  • 1335459 (10/5/2013)
    General oblique aerial view of the River Forth centred on the construction of the new Forth Bridge crossing, looking to the WNW.
  • 1335458 (10/5/2013)
    General oblique aerial view of the River Forth centred on the construction of the new Forth Bridge crossing, looking to the N.
  • 1335457 (10/5/2013)
    General oblique aerial view of the River Forth centred on the construction of the new Forth Bridge crossing, looking to the ENE.
  • 1335456 (10/5/2013)
    General oblique aerial view of the River Forth centred on the construction of the new Forth Bridge crossing, looking to the ENE.
  • 1260253 (12/12/2011)
    General oblique aerial of the new Forth crossing works site, taken from the WNW.
  • 1260252 (12/12/2011)
    General oblique aerial of the new Forth crossing works site, taken from the N.
  • 1260191 (12/12/2011)
    General oblique aerial view of South Queensferry, taken from the E.
  • 1260190 (12/12/2011)
    General oblique aerial view of South Queensferry, taken from the E.
  • 1115267 (25/4/2008)
    General oblique aerial view centred on South Queensferry with the bridges adjacent, taken from the SW.
  • 1088062 (9/7/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on part of the former Royal Naval Base, taken from the WNW.
  • 1088061 (9/7/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the former Royal Naval Base, taken from the NW.
  • 1088060 (9/7/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the former Royal Naval Base, taken from the NNE.
  • 1088059 (9/7/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the former Royal Naval Base, taken from the NE.
  • 1088058 (9/7/2007)
    General oblique aerial view centred on the former Royal Naval Base, taken from the S.
  • 1088057 (9/7/2007)
    General oblique aerial view centred on the former Royal Naval Base, taken from the SW.
  • 1088056 (9/7/2007)
    General oblique aerial view looking towards the Forth Bridge and Forth Road Bridge centred on the former Royal Naval Base, taken from the W.
  • 1069931 (20/2/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on Port Edgar harbour and former Naval Base, taken from the E.
  • 1069930 (20/2/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on Port Edgar harbour and former Naval Base, taken from the ESE.
  • 1069929 (20/2/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on Port Edgar harbour and former Naval Base, taken from the SE.
  • 1069928 (20/2/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on Port Edgar harbour and former Naval Base, taken from the S.
  • 1069927 (20/2/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on Port Edgar harbour and former Naval Base, taken from the SW.
  • 1069926 (20/2/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on Port Edgar harbour and former Naval Base, taken from the WSW.
  • 1069925 (20/2/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on Port Edgar harbour and former Naval Base, taken from the W.
  • 1069924 (20/2/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on Port Edgar harbour and former Naval Base, taken from the NW.
  • 1069761 (4/4/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the officers' quarters, air raid shelter, stores, boiler house and gym, taken from the WSW.
  • 1069760 (4/4/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the officers' quarters, air raid shelter, stores, boiler house and gym, taken from the W.
  • 1069759 (4/4/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the officers' quarters, barracks, air raid shelter, stores, boiler house and gym, taken from the WNW.
  • 1069758 (4/4/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the barracks, officers' quarters, air raid shelter, stores, boiler house and gym, taken from the NNW.
  • 1069757 (4/4/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the barracks, officers' quarters, air raid shelter, stores, boiler house and gym, taken from the SE.
  • 1069756 (4/4/2007)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the Port Edgar Royal Navy barracks, officers' quarters, air raid shelter, stores, boiler house and gym, taken from the SSE.
  • 1032961 (12/10/1959)
    Plan of Port Edgar Royal Naval Base (HMS Lochinvar). Detail of W side of naval base showing barracks and Officer's Quarters.. Civil Engineer in Chiefs Department Adimiralty, Rosyth District
  • 1032960 (12/10/1959)
    Plan of Port Edgar Royal Naval Base (HMS Lochinvar). Detail of E side of naval base. Civil Engineer in Chiefs Department Adimiralty, Rosyth District
  • 1032959 (12/10/1959)
    Plan of Port Edgar Royal Naval Base (HMS Lochinvar). Detail of annotated drawing showing the numbered table and Key. Civil Engineer in Chiefs Department Adimiralty, Rosyth District
  • 1032958 (12/10/1959)
    Plan of Port Edgar Royal Naval Base (HMS Lochinvar). Annotated drawing with numbered table. Civil Engineer in Chiefs Department Adimiralty, Rosyth District

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 90058 (1996)
    Survey archive: List of Vertical Aerial Photographs consulted in the NMRS, from Coastal Assessment Survey, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife'.
  • 90058 (1996)
    Survey archive: Record sheets and maps of Geology and Coastal Geomorphology Units , from Coastal Assessment Survey, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife'.
  • 90058 (1996)
    Survey archive: Record sheets and maps of Erosion Units, from Coastal Assessment Survey, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife'.
  • 90058 (1996)
    Report of coastal assessment survey for Historic Scotland: The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the border of Fife. (3 volumes) Revised version with amended text.
  • 90058 (1996)
    Survey archive: Record sheets from Coastal Assessment Survey, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife'.
  • 90058 (1996)
    Survey archive: Photographic register from Coastal Assessment Survey, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife'.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Linlithgowshire, Sheet 21854-5
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Edinburghshire, Sheet 11852

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Linlithgow, Sheet 002.161854
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Linlithgow, Sheet 002.161854