Loch Striven at Inverchaolain.
|Location||Cowal, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.|
|Coordinates||Coordinates: , grid reference|
|Native name||Loch Sroigheann (Scottish Gaelic)|
|Basin countries||Scotland, United Kingdom.|
|Max. length||12 km (7.5 mi)|
|Surface elevation||Sea Level|
Laid up ships
During times of recession in shipping, the sea loch has been used as a sheltered anchorage for laid-up vessels such as large oil tankers. The Danish shipping company Maersk used the Sea Loch for cold layup of some of its vessels namely the b- class vessels in its fleet. Also the (then) newly built LNG carriers MV Gastor and her sister ship MV Nestor were laid up here from delivery from the shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique in 1976 until being sold 15 years later to Bonny Gas Transport in 1992.
World War II
The upper reaches of the sea loch, because of their secluded location, and their topographical similarity to Norwegian fjords, were used extensively for midget submarine (X-craft) training during World War II. The training programme was directed from HMS Varbel in Port Bannatyne to the south in the luxury Kyles Hydro Hotel, overlooking the port, which was requisitioned by the Admiralty to serve as the HQ for midget submarine operations, including the attack on the Tirpitz. Ardtaraig House, located at the head of Loch Striven, and similarly requisitioned by the Admiralty, became a secondary naval base for the 12th Submarine Flotilla midget submarines and became known as HMS 'Varbel II'.
- "Ships moored on loch during slump". BBC News. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- Wayback archive page on mv Nestor & MV Gastor's history, visited 21 February, 2018
- Bute at War
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