Stromness, Orkneys

by Stuartbarbara April. 15, 2019 170 views
Today we had a late start and decided that due to the inclement weather and the constant wind, we would have an indoor day at Stromness. Pretty small town. This is the ferry terminal from northern Scotland. Also a history of fishing and sailing on the Scapa Flow and beyond.

Today we had a late start and decided that due to the inclement weather and the constant wind, we would have an indoor day at Stromness. Pretty small town. This is the ferry terminal from northern Scotland. Also a history of fishing and sailing on the Scapa Flow and beyond.

Very nice small and eclectic museum. Large display of items related to the Hudson Bay Co and John Rae.

Very nice small and eclectic museum. Large display of items related to the Hudson Bay Co and John Rae.

John Rae’s fiddle. Apparently he could not play it but took it to North America so others could use it. Fiddle music was very much a part of the early entertainment during the long cold winters in the Arctic. You can also see his snowshoes. He travelled by foot over 13000 miles of the Arctic

John Rae’s fiddle. Apparently he could not play it but took it to North America so others could use it. Fiddle music was very much a part of the early entertainment during the long cold winters in the Arctic. You can also see his snowshoes. He travelled by foot over 13000 miles of the Arctic

Sailing was a huge activity in early Stromness and still is today. Many boats came through the Orkneys to get provisions for long sea voyages. Many whaling ships sailed from here.

Sailing was a huge activity in early Stromness and still is today. Many boats came through the Orkneys to get provisions for long sea voyages. Many whaling ships sailed from here.

We had visited the Stromness whaling station on South Georgia in the Antarctic region. Many Orcadian men worked in the sailing ships over the years. The Vikings used the Orkneys as a stopping point for raiding Scotland, England, Wales and northern France.

We had visited the Stromness whaling station on South Georgia in the Antarctic region. Many Orcadian men worked in the sailing ships over the years. The Vikings used the Orkneys as a stopping point for raiding Scotland, England, Wales and northern France.

Water was essential for long sea trips. This well was used by many sailors to restock water casks for long journeys. This was the last place Franklin and his expedition stopped in the UK before heading to the Arctic.

Water was essential for long sea trips. This well was used by many sailors to restock water casks for long journeys. This was the last place Franklin and his expedition stopped in the UK before heading to the Arctic.

Nice small sailors homes along the waterfront. And trees! Such a rare thing on these islands

Nice small sailors homes along the waterfront. And trees! Such a rare thing on these islands

Two local whiskeys, Scapa and Highland Park. They will be enjoyed back home. Seems fair. Barbara has her fibre, and I have some nice single malt.

Two local whiskeys, Scapa and Highland Park. They will be enjoyed back home. Seems fair. Barbara has her fibre, and I have some nice single malt.

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