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Kirkwall basin

Date estimated, but it's probably the mid to late 70s as there is one grain silo on the pier, and the superstructure in the background looks like it belongs to the St Magnus or St Clements or St Rognvald. The blue boat at the Corn Slip is called the Pentland Skerries, and there looks to be an old converted lifeboat at the cross-berth.
Picture added on 17 February 2006
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"North" boat is "St Rognvald". Red fishing vessel is "Flourish" owned by John Davidson of shapinsay and K33 is "Kildinguie" owned by the late John Dennison owner of the Stronsay Hotel at that time - later Ayre Hotel. Converted ships lifeboat belonged to late Dr Sydney Peace. "Pentland Skerries" was former NLB boat based at Burwick to serve lighthouse on Pentland Skerries. She was replaced around 1968 by new boat built by Duncan's of Burray and converted to a sea angling boat by Robert Swanney who managed the Ayre Hotel at that time. I'd put the date of the picture about 1970 or 71 as John Davidson sold the "Flourish" about 1972
Added by Willie Mackay on 27 February 2006
The red boat lying alongside the lifeboat (not converted) in the cross-berth was owned and used for pilotage by Captain Billy Sinclair who was Harbourmaster, Kirkwall, at that time. Also at the extreme right of the photo is the yacht 'Barabel' which was owned by John Laughton who owned George Rendall the drapers - latterly The Leonards, which closed recently. The vessel at anchor between the Barabel and Doctor Peace's converted ships lifeboat is the yacht 'Naughty Girl' which was owned and used as a creel boat by Dan Kirkpatrick, who lived in Cromwell Road. I agree with Willie that the date would be circa 1970.
Added by Rob Thomson on 24 July 2007
The lifeboat in the cross-berth was probably the 'Hilton Briggs' which was stationed in Kirkwall and at Scapa for a time following the loss of the Longhope Lifeboat.
Added by Rob Thomson on 24 July 2007
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