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Hamburg-American liner Cincinnati in Kirkwall Bay
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Hamburg-American liner Cincinnati in Kirkwall Bay

A Tom Kent picture, date estimated. At the time it was believed to have been the largest vessel ever in Kirkwall Bay.
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Picture added on 25 August 2006
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Could this be 1915 (March) Henry Ford crossed the Atlantic on a large ocean going vessel and anchored in Kirkwall Bay en route to London to have talks with the UK Govt. He sent a messenger ashore to invite my great grandfather W R Tullock to meet with him.
Added by David Tullock on 06 July 2008
Henry Ford left Hoboken, New Jersey on 5th December 1915 on board the Oscar II arriving in Stockholm in January 1916.This may have well been the trip when he anchored in Kirkwall Bay.
Added by John Riddle on 26 June 2011
In fact research the archives of the New York Times 3rd January 1916 there is an account of the visit to Kirkwall. The Oscar II was in Kirkwall Bay from 14th Dec to 17th December 1915.
Added by John Riddle on 26 June 2011
The Oscar II was a single funnel vessel and was detained in Kirkwall by HMS Ebro. she was suspected of carrying contraband although the manifest revealed the cargo to be of prunes. The British Navy did cease some goods "unspecified".
Coincidently on board the HMS Ebro was a son of Orkney, Alfred Pottinger, who would become a victim of the conflict on 14th January 1916 as the age of 25 years.
Added by John Riddle on 26 June 2011
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