Not much of a draft!

ex_wasp_L2

Lantern Swinger
I would have loved that draft as I could have gone on weekend to visit me family most weekends from there
 
Altbea was a rather pleasant spot on the shore of Loch Ewe not far from the Subtropical Poolewe Gardens. In my day there was a couple of fleet tenders there and a very minimal shore staff to look after the place and the Nato Fueling Jetty at the head of the loch. Good fishing country, plenty of hills an awful lot of midges in the summer but no snow in winter.

Can think of worse places, spent my first honeymoon not far away from there.
 

Blood

MIA
My grandfather was incharge of building the fuelling tanks, he has very fond memories of Altbea, or AULT BAY as he called it.
 

neil6814

Badgeman
I think that the photo is of Mellon Charles just a couple of miles round loch from Aultbea. The boom depot was at Mellon Charles.
Every year we used to do boom exersises in Loch Ewe.
We used to tie up to the jetty in Aultbea at night.
There was only 2 pubs within about 10 miles. One was the Aultbea Hotel and the other the Drumchorch Lodge.
Mail and daily papers didn't arrive until the evening when the once a day bus came back from Achnasheen. Sunday papers didn't arrive until Monday night.
The Bank of Scotland was a wooden shed at the side of the road, it opened one forenoon a week.
The village doctor marched up and down his garden every night playing his bagpipes.
When they held dances ashore in the village hall they used to search you at the door for a bottle. If you didn't have one they would send you back to the hotel to get one.
 

creeper

Badgeman
Spent many a week at Aultbea when I had a shore job with NEMT(N), always packed a good stash of books in the truck mind you, not a great deal to do there.
 

JeffB

Badgeman
Maxi_77 said:
Altbea was a rather pleasant spot on the shore of Loch Ewe not far from the Subtropical Poolewe Gardens. In my day there was a couple of fleet tenders there and a very minimal shore staff to look after the place and the Nato Fueling Jetty at the head of the loch. Good fishing country, plenty of hills an awful lot of midges in the summer but no snow in winter.

I spent 2 weeks there supporting the MCMVs playing in JMC a dozen or so years ago. I assure you it did snow then!

Incidentally another local 'attraction' is Gruinyard Island (better known as Anthrax Island).
 
Loch Ewe became the main base for the Home Fleet after Gunther Prien in U47 sunk the Royal Oak in Scapa Flow.

In 2001 I visited the place loads of old military artifacts scattered about. I think NATO still have a fuel depot there. Not a place most matelots would like to be drafted to. Miles from anywhere, no services and difficult to access.

Nutty
 
Anyone ever been here? Is it really as bad as it looks? I can't imagine there are many C240's go in for this place! :lol: :lol:

http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=442688201&size=o
I was sent here with about ten other Junior Seaman from HMS Cambridge in 1961. we were based for the night at Mellon Charles in a huge Nissen hut, surprisingly warm at the night .We were told our mission was top secret and was the first time we signed the "Secrets Act" document. The only watering hole was the Altbea Hotel. We were told that as we represented the R.N we may be allowed a pint of beer, as the Scottish laws allowed 16year olds to drink in moderation. That was the windup. Anyway we were not expected to follow it up. Half an hour later after a vigorous walk we managed a pint of beer and a whisky. That measure equalled two measures in british pubs and charges ass one single. So although part of their entertainment in the "Windup" we got our drink. The local "Bobby" was the base Sergeant of police, said as we had behaved we could have one more pint and then we had return to Mellon Charles.
The mission was a secret then but I feel confident its no longer a secret matter, as I downloaded information from the Secret Bases sight on the net, and its avaliable to the public.
We were to take the resident MFV to the Isle of Rona and construct a wooden hut for the use of constructors to live while building a prefabricated station for Quinetic. The object to monitor underwater signatures of naval ships on trials at sea. Ive since talked to the Quinetic manager and he was impressed to hear from a "Pioneer" of sorts and the speed we had constructed the hut. We didnt know but we were allocated a week to complete the mission. We took two days. Loch Ewe is currently an official base for NATO exercises, so really a collecting point of visiting navies to play grown up games, including Subs. Thats why it always looks boring, its not designed for Military holidays, thats for the civvies, and for some strange reason, rent rooms and hotels for a holiday. I mean we had to go there, but using the area as a holiday resort? beats the hell out of me. I hope that gives you some peace mate, and you really are not missing out on anything. I feel sorry for the crews anchored off and not allowed to go ashore. Battler Britton.
 
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