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Ninian Central, Kishorn Yard.
Scotland's Rig Yards
No: 206   Contributor: Terry Healy   Year: 1978   Manufacturer: Kishorn
Ninian Central, Kishorn Yard.

My dad god bless him, worked there and, took this picture, not sure of year? He worked logistics. Maybe someone can offer an approximate year picture was taken?
Picture added on 23 January 2011 at 16:45
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This picture would have been taken in late 1977 or early 1978. I worked there at Xmas 1977 and into the New Year as the topsides were being lifted on prior to towout in spring 1978.

Added by Bob Neilson on 06 May 2011.
Hi, it's been a long time since I worked on this rig in 1976-1977. I worked with Ferguson Hines. Please let me know of any of the crew that was on the rig, my name is Pat Feely, look forward to talking more.

Added by Pat Feely on 05 June 2011.
My father Ken Carter (working for Austin Hall) helped to bring in the site accommodation for the yard during construction. Any photos? Any further info?

Added by Steve Carter on 23 June 2011.
I worked on the Maersk boat in the picture over Xmas and New Year erecting the canteen on board.

Funny story was we went up to the camp for dinner 0100 hrs night shift. The winter was really bad we should not have been on the steel work. Anyway coming back down the hill just before the stores, one of the lads slipped on the ice so someone went up and got the ambulance. The ambulance came down the hill and put on his brakes - we could not believe it - he was going to run over the patient!

We dragged the lad clear - everyone said only at Kishorn. Where's Charlie the forklift driver? All the best.

Added by Andrew Sheedy on 28 July 2011.
Steve, few year back I was shell fish diving Lochcarron area, had a meal in the Lochcarron hotel, I recall there were various pictures on wall of platforms constructed at Kishorn in bar area, may be worth contacting hotel, and ask if pictures are still on show?


Added by Terry Healy on 05 September 2011.
Here are two great film links for any one interested showing the constuction of Ninian Central. The pictures on the wall in the Lochcarron Hotel have been there from the days of Kishorn and I would imagine will never come down. Enjoy the films.

Added by Chris Humphrey on 24 October 2011.
EXCELLENT find Chris, and thanks for sharing, heart lifting viewing, then on the other hand, sad really that as a nation we no longer manufacture great innovating structures!!



Added by Terry Healy on 29 October 2011.
Hi Terry, they were good days , Although I didn't work on the site I visited it on many times as a guest. I was living at North Strome at the time and worked at Strathcarron Station and the Strath Hotel. It is a real shame it all came to an end with the loss of so many skills, Kishorn revitalised the area and there were so many wonderful characters.

Added by Chris Humphrey on 29 October 2011.
Good ol days and, many must have spent lots of time traveling to reach site!

North Strome bring back memories, recall a cold February in a tent, use to sleep in my drysuit, it was so cold during the night!! Fruitfull though (or just plain MAD) as scallops were a plenty, prometory behind old ferry masters house, see link

Added by Terry on 02 December 2011.
I worked at Stromeferry rail head on shunting engines but then transfered to area 6.

Added by Uisdean Sutherland on 06 December 2011.
Hi Uisdean,

So where are you hanging out these days

Added by Bill Gall on 22 January 2012.
Excellent video's

remarkable piece of engineering

Added by Paul F on 06 June 2012.
The Best job in all of the world and believe me I've been to most places, the place where men were men and sheep were frightened.

Added by John Kilbride on 12 February 2013.
Just added Comment but put wrong dates worked on the Ninian late 77 early 78 we were stood down for 6 weeks while it got towed out to north sea Then went back out for about a 8/9 months until we were layed off..

Added by Hugh Daly on 17 September 2017.
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