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Len Wilson's self-built 3-sail yole Gremsa
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Len Wilson's self-built 3-sail yole Gremsa

Launch & maiden voyage of Len Wilson's self-built 3-sail yole Gremsa. Incredibly, I didn't record the date. 1998 I think, but that could be well off the mark.
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Picture added on 18 August 2011 at 14:35
Did Len work at Lyness way back in the fifties, I mind a chap Len kept a boat in Orebay, and went home tae Graemsay at the weekends, think it might be him..
Added by Jimmy Hamilton on 23 August 2011
Len would have been in his 20s in the 50s, I think. Beyond that I can't help. Maybe he views this site himself and will provide the answer.
Added by Ian Hourston on 23 August 2011
On second thoughts, I was in my 20s in the 50s. Len Wilson is considerably younger than me. So I doubt if he would be the man you remember Jimmy.
Added by Ian Hourston on 23 August 2011

The man wid be Frank Wilson of Wind or Windybrake Graemsay.No close relation of LEN and at that time he maybe had the Duncan built MARBETH. Sure he had a peedie boat he used for gan oot tae the big een that had a wheel on the front end for wheelan hid up and doon the sandy beach of Ore Bay
Added by Allan Besant on 24 August 2011
yes Allan your right, you jogged my memory , thats the guy I was thinking of, must have been the name Wilson that was in my mind ... long time ago..
Added by Jimmy Hamilton on 25 August 2011
Len Wilson worked at Kirkwall Airport before he retired.A keen boat builder and fiddle player in his spare time.
Added by Jack Harcus on 29 August 2011
I'm a bit slow getting to this site!! I was indeed just a boy when Frank Wilson was at Lyness. I'm not aware of any relationship between us but both Wilson families came to Graemsay from Walls, mine in the 1840s to work on the building of Hoy High and Frank's some time later. Gremsa was launched in July 1999.
Added by Len Wilson on 26 June 2013
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