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Norwegian fishing boats Kirkwall Basin

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Picture added on 12 December 2007
These were Line fishing boats (note no "crow's nests") often from Bergen area rather than Maaloy where most of the whalers came from
Added by W Mackay on 27 January 2008
These are Norwegian longliners.

The boats are:
SF4SV:Skår Senior

They all came from Måløy.
Added by Thore Gullaksen on 24 January 2009
Picture taken on what appears to be a Kirkwall Regatta day as the boats with the red sails are Snipes from Holm. Viking H2 (Alfie Flett) at the end of the slip and Valhalla H10 on the east side. I know that Edwin Rendall owned Valhalla at one time, he sold her to Brian Aim if my memory is correct. Who owned Valhalla in 1962?
Added by Raymond Grieve on 25 January 2009
I remember the sound of their single cylinder Bolinders diesels on their coming into Stromness just before any heavy weather being forcast. They seemed to have an earlier weather forcast than the UK at the time.

A great disapointment fishing wasn't still all by long lines. Our seas wouldn't be in the dire straights they are in today!!
Added by D Manson on 27 January 2009
Raymond the Valhalla belonged to Herbert McKenzie from St Margarets hope still in 1962. I only bought it in the late 60's. You are right Brian Aim bought it in the early 70's from me when I purchased and took the Merlin Rocket 'Rural Girl' up from Newbigging. The Valhalla was one of the only two snipes built by Duncan's in Burray.
Added by Edwin Rendall on 02 February 2009
Was the Fleetwing the other one? The Snipe I built, the ORION, went to ORMLIE LODGE S, C, CAITHNESS
Added by Erlend Stout on 04 February 2009
Did Norman or Freddie Johnston own her at one time ?
Added by Erlend Stout on 04 February 2009
Erlend the other snipe built by Duncan's was the 'La Rocca'. Freddie Johnston still has the 'Fleetwing'
Added by Edwin Rendall on 05 February 2009
My father Bill Jolly became friendly with the crew of the Skar Senior. When they were in Kirkwall they would often spend an evening at the house.
Added by M. Gibson on 08 October 2009
I think Herbert McKenzie would have owned " Valhalla " in 1962
Anonymous comment added on 09 October 2009
Valhalla & La Rocca were built at Duncans boat yard for Herbert MacKenzie & Ronnie Laird, both boats having ill-shaped bows for snipes. Alfred Fletts Viking, originally called Snow Goose by John King of Rockworks, had his snipe built at Duncans, as was the Fleetwing, sailed by Fred Johnston of Holm
Added by Alan Aim on 06 October 2011
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