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Mizpah under the Ayre shore

My father (Fred Grieve) sailing my grandfathers yawl Mizpah, man wearing cap is my grandfather and I would guess that the other person sitting to lee is Dan. (For those of you who follow sailing in Orkney - now you know where Dan got the name Mizpah from.)

Date is a guess but my father was born in 1922, so can't be too far away.

Anyone tell me what the pylons in the background were for?
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Picture added on 15 March 2008
Any idea what the 2 towers in the background are?
Added by William Watters on 25 March 2008
Pylons/towers - Billy Drever phoned me to tell me that a house in Glaitness Road used to be a Radio Station. Could be that pylons connected the station to Hatston and Twatt/Skeabrae.

[I think you are right, and that it is Harold Linklater's and Jane Rodger's houses- I keep meaning to ask Harold- Steven]
Added by Raymond Grieve on 10 November 2008
I have a Catalogue of Luftwaffe aerial photgraphs and there is a good one of Hatston or Flugplatz (Earth House) as they call it, taken early September 1939. Highlighted and listed is a "Radio transmitter under construction. one radio building, around 300sq.m" which is up Glaitness road. So it is good to see it at earth level!
Added by Magnus Ritch on 12 November 2008
What does the name MIZPAH come from/denote?
Added by Clare on 19 January 2009
Mizpah is mentioned for the first time in the bible ( genesis 31, around 1800 bc) as a powerful watchword, when jacob and laban agree at gilead to a godsent peace. They built a memento of stone and named it like their wise covenant mizpah, saying: the lord watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another".
the word mizpah is commonly found on brooches and lockets given as love tokens early in the 20th century. I have a brooch of my grannies which has both the word and verse engraved upon it.

Added by Morag on 22 January 2009
Mizpah may refer to several places in ancient Israel or it denotes as a bond between people who are seperated as in 'May the Lord watch over thee whilst we are far apart'( Don't think I got the quote entirely correct, but that's the gist of it)
Added by Sylvia Leonard on 24 January 2009
Ages ago, when I first went 'on the wards' as a medical student, 'my' house-surgeon was a beautiful young Pakistani woman called Dr Mizpah Afzal. In the gorgeous saris she wore under her regulation white coat she was enough to make you feel better on sight.
I told her my mother had a gold brooch with 'Mizpah' on it and she was intrigued; she had never heard of the British custom mentioned above.
Added by Ian Hourston on 28 February 2017
Having found the old Mizpah brooch I'll submit a pic in case it may be of some interest in light of the above comments, years old though they may be.
Added by Ian Hourston on 10 March 2017
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