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Stereo image of Kirkwall Basin
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Stereo image of Kirkwall Basin

For Tall Ships Weekend, Orkney Heritage Society in conjunction with Orkney Archive has prepared a small exhibition about the history of Kirkwall Pier which is 200 years old this year. Thomas Telford prepared the original designs for the Pier and the display which will be on show at the Pier has extracts from original documents from the Orkney Archive showing the local businessmen who paid for half of the costs of the Pier, Telford's original specifications and how the Pier has developed to the present day. There are also photographs of the Pier in different eras, including this one from the 1860's.

Source: Orkney Archive: L826/4 Gift

Kirkwall harbour with Aberdeen Steam Company’s boat, the “Prince Consort” arriving (she first arrived in Kirkwall on the 27th March 1858 and lastly in May 1867)

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Picture added on 25 July 2011 at 12:31
Tall Ships Weekend was the weekend before last, as I write, so your history of Kirkwall Pier is 'history' indeed Leslie. Great idea, though, and no doubt you wouldn't be depending on OIL to promote it. Do you think Steven needs help with his backlog? (Only half joking.)
Added by Ian Hourston on 25 July 2011
Interesting pictures Leslie, thanks for sharing them.
Added by Craig Taylor on 29 July 2011
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