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THE WAY IT WAS ....August 1974.
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THE WAY IT WAS ....August 1974.

Loading the "St Ola", at Stromness, for the trip across the Firth, took a little longer in those days. The vehicle being loaded belonged to Willie Kirkness, and I was heading off with him for a holiday in Scotland.
That year the "St Clement", was helping out by shipping freight across the Firth, which was also loaded by cargo net.
The rear end of Willie's car didn't look the same on the return journey, as a bus ran up our backside while we were in Edinburgh.
Picture added on 20 January 2007
The fellow in the yellow oilskins looks like Willie Duncan, who went on to be Captain of the North Boats for many years.
Added by Gordie Peterson on 20 January 2007
hi, i am john park from stromness. i remember i use to sail on this ship many times in my young days, but could you please e mail me a picture of the crew of the st ola during the years 1945 to 1950, as my dad ronald park was a worker on that ship. many thanks.

Added by John Park on 13 June 2007
This photo is taken at Scrabster ( I can tell by the style of the mooring bollard. Man at the rail is John Banks father of recently retired Stromness Harbourmaster.
James Mackenzie & Sam Omand on left behind KLB fish box.
Added by W Mackay on 16 October 2011
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