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Homemade boat at Scapa 1936
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Homemade boat at Scapa 1936

Tom has sent in this very evocative picture, and writes:
'The story in this week's "Orcadian" about Commander Stuart McQuaker's exploits with tin can boats, as a youngster in nearby Dalgety Bay, brought to mind a couple of box camera snaps I have of myself in two of my creations constructed from empty Colas drums left behind by the road menders. The shots were taken at Scapa Beach in about 1936, one by an unknown young lady who later very kindly sent me a print.'

Who was the mysterious young lady?
Picture added on 28 May 2004
Comments:
The young lady will now be in her late eighties!!
Added by Tom Scott on 28 May 2004
As a Kirkwallian, this picture fascinated me. My father was born in Kirkwall in 1929 (mentioned by nickname in Davie Tinch’s book). and it was thought-provoking to see the typically dangerous play he and his comrades got up to.
Added by Sumteeik on 29 May 2004
Beautiful! I think that shots like this tell us more about naval traditions than those of Grand Fleets ... sunken or not :-)
Added by Wolfgang on 29 May 2004
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