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Launch of the Otter

A Tom Kent picture. Launch of "Otter" in Kirkwall Basin, 19th May 1926. Subsequently bought and refitted as the floating bank "Otterbank". The ship in the background is "Regina".

Picture included because of the pram, whose occupant may just have turned eighty. Who is that mystery infant? What ever happened to the Otterbank?
Picture added on 13 September 2005
Interested to see the picture of the launch of the "Otterbank", which is now owned by me. She is at present in a boatyard on Merseyside, and has been refurbished. I am at the moment awaiting for for the word to have her transferred back to Orkney. If you need further information do not hesitate to contact me.
Added by Colin Butterworth on 17 October 2006
My father, Douglas Robertson, bought this launch from the original builder (Maxwell) in 1958 and refurbished it as a cabin cruiser. Subsequently bought by the then National and Commercial Bank and renamed the Otterbank to serve as a floating bank in the North Isles.
Added by Sheena Taylor (nee Robertson) on 20 November 2006
I think that the Schooner in the background maybe the Regina. That boat was owned by my father John Carter and his brother George, bought in Parr in Cornwall on June 1925. It was built in Jersey, Channel Isles in 1866.
Added by Ian S Carter on 06 October 2008
Otterbank cane home to Orkney in June 2007 on a lorry from Sealand Boat Deliveries. See story and pictures by clicking here.
Added by Andrew Rosthorn on 01 November 2008
URL for clickable link in previous comment now fixed.
Added by Steven Heddle on 02 November 2008
Mither hid a pram jist like the ane in the photo bit shae hid it double sprung for the weight o me!!!.
Added by John Budge on 02 November 2008
Why am I not surprised about that?
Added by Sheena Taylor on 03 November 2008
John Budge, would you look at picture #5835 for me please and see what you think? The Otter was originally an open launch, was only partly decked and would have had no wheelhouse. Could this be her in an earlier day do you think?
Added by Sheena Taylor on 04 November 2008
We had a pram like that too John. If i mind right they had wooden boards across about half way up which supported the mattress. When the bairns got bigger they took out a board and you could sit up with your feet down the hole. Very posh.
Added by Jim Cooper on 05 November 2008
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