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Sailing in front of Hatston
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Sailing in front of Hatston

Another sailing shot from Alan, taken by Andy Wylie. Date is again an estimate.

Note the Hatston housing is still there, which will bring back many memories I am sure. The pale blue building where Orkney Glass Fibre now stands is the Hatston shop, which was the site of one of the milk vending machines that used to be dotted around Kirkwall. I remember one at the corner of the Clay Loan and Laverock Road in the recess that flower beds curve into, and there may have been one at Stevenson's or across the road from Stevenson's. Any more?

Some may also remember the hot drinks machine that did not survive an Orkney winter, but gamely tried, next to the harbourmaster's office on Kirkwall Pier.

There seem to a be a few Mirror dinghies on the water- would that be the Sea Cadets?
Picture added on 06 October 2004
There was also a milk vending machine (which sold plain and strawberry milk @ 6d per carton) at the bottom of the Strynd
Added by Alan Hale on 06 October 2004
Boat on the right is the Bosun sailed by the Kirkwall Sea Cadets. Taken to Orkney by Jim Shearer who is pictured sailing Marion Olwen II (2nd right).
Added by Raymond Grieve on 07 June 2005
Another milk vending machine was located in the back playground of KGS, now the OIC buildings. The mirrors could be from Westray but not Kirkwall Sea Cadets.
The two Albacores (white sails close to each other) are Dan Grieve in Mizpah and Jim Shearer in Marion Olwen II, the light blue hull.
Added by Raymond Grieve on 07 June 2005
other milk machines were at end of Laverock Road and at Hatston houses.
Added by Arthur Sutherland on 26 June 2005
I can just about see my house from here - grainbank road, houses just to the right of the trees
Added by Mike Dunster on 21 September 2005
The Mirror dinghies would have been the Sea Cadets from Westray. They used to come in for the Kirkwall Regatta. They had three of them painted red, white and blue so that looks like them. I sailed them 1976 / 77 ish. Long time ago anyway.
Added by Hugh Drever on 06 September 2007
Seems to be a mix up in dates between this photo and picture #4286 which was added recently. This one is suggested as 1975 and number 4286 suggests 1976. My query is that in this photo dated 1975, it looks like the Ortak factory has started to be built, and further up on the right the building once owned by P A Sutherland and now occupied by A H Wilson Electrical has a roof on it. The photo dated 1976 does not show either.

( Web master can we have larger view on this one please)
Added by Alastair on 07 September 2007
Kirkwall wasn't the only place with milk machines, there was one in Stromness at Wisharts shop which also sold plain & strawberry at 6d a carton
Added by Ian Sinclair on 07 September 2007
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