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We remember the 421 sailors, civilians and children
who died on board HMS Natal when it sank in the
Cromarty Firth on 30 December 1915
HMS Natal was a ‘Warrior Class’ cruiser, launched at Barrow in Furness on 30th September 1905. In 1914 she joined the Second Cruiser Squadron, which by 1915 was based in the Cromarty Firth, in the north of Scotland.
The Natal had arrived in the Cromarty Firth the week before Christmas under the command of Captain Eric Back and was enjoying some respite from duty in the North Sea, anchored between Cromarty and Invergordon. As a treat for some locals a film show was organised for the afternoon of 30th December and earlier that day a party of guests including QARNNS nurses, and some civilians including children had also arrived on board.