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St Clements in Stromness. The year is approx. It looks like a fairly fresh South Easterly was blowing up the harbour the day this pic was taken
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Picture added on 17 January 2007
Fishing vessel "Lilac" owned by Alfie Sinclair at the Warehouse Pier think this was probably later than 66
Added by W Mackay on 16 October 2011
On one of my insomniac random surfs again. Very atmospheric shot! Makes me glad to be a landlubber. I did have one Pentland crossing in the St Clement; it was rough and I was duly seasick.
I notice you politely refrained, this time Willie, from correcting the spelling of the ship's name. Why does she get that 's' on the end more often than not? Can only think it might come from 'Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clement's' but I don't know if that old nursery rhyme was ever widely sung in Orkney. As a Londoner by birth I learnt it at an early age - all the bells in the song are in London churches. Somewhat later, my daughter was married in St Clement's (or St Clement Danes to give it its full name).
Added by Ian Hourston on 12 February 2012
St Clement is indeed the correct spelling and perhaps you are correct about the song.

As another couple of bits of useless info, her 1 main engine was a 840 horse power by British Polar diesels of Glasgow(stop/start reverse - no gearbox or variable pitch props then) Hamnavoe's main engines are 11,500 HP in total!!
The small fishing boat in the basin is "Alert" owned by Peter Heaton who recently retired from Dyke Farm at Costa before that she was owned by "Billo" Mainland in Rousay who replaced her with the 36 foot clinker built "Girl Wilma" which was the first boat built by Pia Anderson at the Ness Yard about 1967. Note the 3 spare "Greenheart" piles stored along the front o the pier bet that's some value at today's prices.
Added by Willie Mackay on 13 February 2012
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Editors of the Stromnessian 64/65?Stromness Academy perform Merchant of VeniceHamnavoe Care HomeLondon Zoo seal-acquisition project #16London Zoo seal-acquisition project #15William Papley 1920Stromness harbour with herring fleet. ca 1900Stromness from Brinkie's Brae ca 1900Stromness herring workers ca 1900Stromness, tinker encampment