Port Edgar Memorial Cairn
LOCHINVAR was the home of Minesweeping operations throughout the Second World War and finally shut her Port Edgar doors in 1975, as the Sweeper Squadrons and Fishery Protection Squadrons moved across the water to Rosyth Naval Base.
TCA Member John Carr ex POMEM(M) has sent us the following information and pictures
I Have just been in Port Edgar Marina – EX HMS LOCHINVAR where I spent many happy times, both in the Base and on Ton Class Sweepers/Hunters. The purpose of my visit was to see how the new bridge was coming along and take some photos. I thought readers might be interested in seeing how it looks now.
In the photograph taken from the drive to the main jetty the building in the middle used to be the loop shed. I was often onboard and went stern on to it to unload or receive a new loop.
Ex LOCHINVAR Members might be interested to know that almost 100% of the original buildings Wooden Construction are still there but are now part of Port Edgar Marina and used as Bo’suns stores, etc for the four yacht clubs. The main admin building contains a café/tearoom I now live in Bo’ness 6 miles from the base and would be happy to supply photos of all of the buildings and their current usage. The FLOT Club is now houses (What Sacrilege).
Another photo of HMS LOCHINVAR/NEW BRIDGE, THE QUEENSFERRY CROSSING.
EX H.M.S LOCHINVAR members will recognise the crane at the end of the EAST PIER.
On my recent visit parts of the original LOCHINVAR has been demolished including the LOCH INN BAR and access to the accommodation blocks, admin office, sickbay etc is blocked due to unsafe buildings.