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Model of St Magnus III in Stromness Museum
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Model of St Magnus III in Stromness Museum

Model of St Magnus III in Stromness Museum, about 2001.
Brian Thomson's comment on picture #119 jogged my memory about this slide. I think it's a 'builder's model' and is beautifully made.
The company was something of a pioneer in sea cruising. Not sure when the fare of four pounds nine shillings applied, but it could easily have been the equivalent of an average weekly wage at the time. (The poster, photographed through both front and back 'windows' of the model's display case, needed a little touching-up here and there.)
Picture added on 10 February 2012 at 18:26
Built in 1924 replaced in 1960 by the 1937 built "St Clair" which was re-named "St Magnus" when the first motor "St Clair" was delivered from Ailsa shipyard at Troon. The new "Clair" had stabilisers being the first North boat to have these and also had a part of one of her holds refrigerated for the Shetland fish trade. As far as I know she only ever called at Kirkwall once being too deep to berth at the old Kirkwall Pier.
On the occasion she called I think 1971 or 1972 the "Orcadia" went alongside her in the bay to take ashore a goodly number of Orkney School pupils who had been on a cruise on one of the BI School ships (possibly "Uganda") and were coming home from Dundee or Leith via Aberdeen. This was a special trip organised by the "North" Company as due to the 1950built "St Ninian" having been withdrawn in 1971 there was only a 12 passenger service by "St Rognvald" or "St Clement" and the 1955 built motor cargo ship "St Magnus" ex "city of Dublin" which was intoduced in 1966 carried no passengers at all.
Added by Willie Mackay on 13 February 2012
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