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Old pier at Greentoft Bay, Eday
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Old pier at Greentoft Bay, Eday

Alan Stewart took this picture at low tide recently, and is keen to find out more about this pier. Can Peter Burges satisfy our curiousity about this I wonder...
Picture added on 19 September 2006
Having been in touch with my very good friend, an Eday man through and through, now living in Kirkwall, John Wallace assures me that this is the area he always knew as the Maltbarn Sands.
You can also see the Point O Warness jutting out top right of the picture.
The existence of this pier goes back at least to the time in 1725, when John Gow The Pirate was captured at Carrick House, Calfsound.
John Wallace goes on to say that after his capture, John Gow was transported the length of the Island of Eday, in an Ox Cart, in order to be shipped to Kirkwall from this very pier, or so "The Owld Soothend Story" goes.
Hope this local tale is of some interest.
Added by Peter Burges on 20 September 2006
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