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Reopening of Scapa Distillery after WW2
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Reopening of Scapa Distillery after WW2

Tom writes:
'I've come across this old photo in my collection. I'm not sure of the date but I always understood it to be the reopening of Scapa Distillery after WW2. The date on butt number 551 is 1937 containing 109 gallons but if this is 1945 or thereabouts it would be a eight year malt being shipped out. On the other hand it may have been a newly filled sherry cask in 1937. I think the man on the far side of the first cask is Jock Sinclair of Seafield and the man on the far side of the second is my father, Tom Scott. Judging from their age appearance I favour post war. I know my father, who was head still-man before closure in 1939, was called back in retirement in an advisory capacity for the reopening and I understood this photo was part of the formal re-opening. The two well dressed gents in the background are probably the Distillery Manager and the Excise Officer.'
Picture added on 18 June 2004
Not related to this particular picture but some short pieces of films about Orkney, each one lasts about a minute.

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Reference number: 0704
Date: 1939
Director: filmed by W. Kirkness
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Local farmers on Shapinsay inspect cattle and horses at an agricultural show.
Reference number: 1436
Date: 1936 - 1938
Director: [filmed by Revd. William Moore]
Sound: silent
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Sheep, cars and goods transported by boat between islands in the Orkneys.
Title: orkney 1960
Reference number: 3678
Date: 1960
Director: filmed by Ian M. Heddle
Sound: silent
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Huge lumps of Orkney butter are emptied from the churn into a cart and
prepared for packaging in the Claymore Creamery.

Reference number: N0494
Date: 1982c
Production company: Grampian Television
Sound: sound
Colour: col
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Cree fiddlers play - intercut with still photographs of Scottish ancestors.
Reference number: 4373
Date: 1980
Director: d. Bob Rogers
Sponsor: National Film Board Of Canada
Production company: Nishnawbe Institute
Sound: sound
Colour: col
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General views German fleet at Scapa Flow. The Fleet is at anchor,
German sailors look happy that the war is over, but want to get home.
They spend time fishing to catch their supper.
Title: LIFE IN THE orkneyS
Reference number: 2009
Date: 1957
Director: d. Alan Harper
Sponsor: Films of Scotland
Production company: Campbell Harper Films
Sound: sound
Colour: bw
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Willie Sinclair

Added by William Sinclair on 10 April 2009
My husband came across this photo whilst browsing Orkney and called me to look. Jock Sinclair of Seafield was my grandad and although the photo is not over clear I can recognise the gentleman concerned as definitely being my grandad.
Added by Grace Scott nee Sinclair on 06 January 2015
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