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The Whalebone

One of Birsay's most photographed landmarks succumbed to the elements on Thursday night. It has stood on the Point of Nether Queena for about 130 years. It was set up by the folk of the Northside after having used most of the other bits of the washed up whale.
Does anyone have a spare rib for the repair job?
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Picture added on 26 January 2008
Thats a sad sight I often wondered how it came to be there, now I know thanks for the information
Added by Sandra Patrick on 28 January 2008
What part of the whale is this bone from?
Added by Owen Robertson on 14 February 2012
I'd agree with Tommy Matches that the upright (as it is again now, thankfully) is a rib and I think the cross-piece is part of a skull. But among the many things I am not is 'cetacean anatomist' so I'm just guessing really.
Added by Ian Hourston on 15 February 2012
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