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Throng at Corn Slip 1962
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Throng at Corn Slip 1962

Alan sends in this picture taken by his father in law, Andy Wylie, of a large gathering on the Corn Slip.

Not sure what the occasion was, but the fishing boats seem to be Scandinavian, with a lot of Danish and Norwegian (and Swedish?) boats coming into the pier at that time whenever they needed shelter.

The Otter Bank is moored at the end of the slip, and a number of sailing dinghies seem to be about to set off.
Picture added on 29 September 2004
Comments:
Probably a Sailing Club night.
Boat on the "Cross Berth" is Dennisons "Shapinsay" a former stell drifter which used to carry eggs South in the hey day of the hens in the 50s. She carried cargo to the islands from the Scottish mainland and occasionally stood in for the "Iona" the regular Shapinsay - Kirkwall boat.
Added by W Mackay on 05 May 2005
The man in white looks like Jack Foubister [Frozen Food shop] and on his right Ronnie Laird. Both were in the Holm Sailing Club at that time. Does look like a sailing club event by the letters and numbers on the sails to the right back.
Added by marion mcleod on 06 May 2005
Got a shiver when I saw the Shapinsay. I sailed on her after she left orkney when Hugh Carmichael of Craignure, Mull, bought her. We ran timber from the forests in Mull to the pulpmill at Corpach in the mid sixties. She was sold on about 67 and sank off Ireland in a storm en route to the West Indies . The crew were all saved due to a brave soul swimming ashore with a line.
Added by FRANCIS HAMILTON on 19 April 2006
Boat alongside "Shapinsay" is the "Sunbeam" also belonging to R.Dennison. Previous owners Robbie & Jamie Stout Stronsay who used her as a hire boat
Added by M. Nicolson on 06 April 2007
The fishing vessels in the background in the first row are all Norwegian.
Added by Ole Christensen on 15 September 2009
A Kirkwall Regatta with a good representation from the the Holm Sailing Club, I think I may even be there myself (with hair), standing near to my boat "Valhalla", H10. Herbert Mackenzie
Added by Herbert Mackenzie on 21 September 2009
THE HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE WOULDNT ALLOW A GATHERING LIKE THAT NOO FOR THEIRS NO BIG SAFETY RAILS TO STOP FOLK FALLAN IN THE WATTER AND YOU WOULD NEED A METHOD STATEMENT FOR GETTING ABOARD THE BOATS WITHOOT GETTING YOUR FEET WET
Added by F HAMILTON . on 23 September 2009
My goodness I saw the long boat and wondered if that might be the Sunbeem.
Jock Smith owned her in early 60s, dont know what became of her but I think she lay at Hatston Slip after he sold her, think she may have been a bit tired by that time, I remember there were doors on both sides of the wheelhouse that slid down so the skipper could catch mooring ropes easliy- she had been a cleverly laid out boat as I remember.
Added by John Budge on 23 September 2009
The boat alongside the Shapinsay (Sunbeam) I'm sure Jock Smith had her in Longhope, she had a great big Petrol/Paraffin engine , a Gray Marine if my memory is right..
Added by Jimmy Hamilton on 24 September 2009
The man standing to the left of Jack Foubister is William O'Hagan (my dad)
Added by Colleen O'Hagan on 11 March 2017
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