During World War II, Loch Ewe in Wester Ross, on the west coast of Scotland, was used as a convoy collecting point for the North Atlantic Fleet. It’s a natural deep water sea loch that links to the Atlantic Ocean via a relatively narrow mouth which made it easier to protect.
Anti-aircraft batteries near the entrance guarded the loch from air attack and a boom net stretching from shore to shore along with a mine defence system helped to shield the vessels in the loch from German U-boats.
As many may know, ships gathered in convoys in Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia, during the Second World War to make the trek across the Atlantic. My father was on board one of those ships in 1943. The idea was a group of ships could better defend themselves against U-boat attacks.
Although it only makes sense a similar harbour (in this case, a loch) was used as a gathering location on the other side of the ocean for the return trip, I never gave much thought to where that place might have been. I knew my father was in Scotland several times, but I thought it was only because of leave. Perhaps that was not the only reason.
The blog Scots Roots shares information on one of these gathering spots and provides many lovely pictures of what it looks like today. Perhaps one of your ancestors passed through this beautiful part of the world.
To continue reading the post, visit Arctic Convoys at Loch Ewe.