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Fort George

Major
Also known as: Ardersier
County: Highland
Current Status: Beach
Date: October 1913 - December 1916
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RNAS
Landing Surface Types: Water

Little is known about the First World War seaplane base at Fort George. What can be said is that it was used between October 1913 and December 1916, replacing the base at Cromarty, which was deemed too exposed. Aircraft such as Wight seaplanes carried out anti-submarine patrols from the base in the earlier stages of the conflict. There were three seaplane sheds and two slipways, with the base being to the south of the Fort. Surviving concrete platforms and wooden stumps running into the sea may have been part of the base but there are otherwise no confirmed structural remains. The sheds were certainly later dismantled and relocated to Smoogro in Orkney.

 

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):

  • Ardersier & Petty Community Council
  • Ardersier Library
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Aerial view of Fort George, 1969. © HES (John Dewar Collection). Licensor canmore.org.uk

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Aerial view of Fort George, 1969. © HES (John Dewar Collection). Licensor canmore.org.uk

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Aerial view of Fort George, 1969. © HES (John Dewar Collection). Licensor canmore.org.uk

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Aerial view of Fort George, taken from the south, 25 July 2009© Crown Copyright: Historic Environment Scotland. Licensor canmore.org.uk

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Aerial view of Fort George, taken from the west-north-west, 25 July 2009© Crown Copyright: Historic Environment Scotland. Licensor canmore.org.uk

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Aerial view of Fort George, taken from the south-west, 3 April 2007. © Crown Copyright: Historic Environment Scotland. Licensor canmore.org.uk

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Aerial view of Fort George, taken from the south-west, 25 August 2000© Crown Copyright: Historic Environment Scotland. Licensor canmore.org.uk

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