The three masted vessel the "Prince of Wales" heeled as she met the fresh breeze and turned to starboard as she entered the choppy grey waters of Hoy Sound. John Rae stood enjoying the spray of salt air, the creaking masts, crackling halyards and snapping sails. He was on his way at the age of 19 to Hudson Bay as a doctor.Born on 30 September 1813...more
The boom of the signal cannon announced the sighting of the Hudson Bay ship in the choppy waters of Hoy Sound. The three-masted four-hundred-ton barque, the Prince of Wales, swung to port as it made its approach to Stromness harbour. It was the final port of call before crossing the Atlantic. The Company’s ship had come to stock up on fresh...more
At the bottom of Scapa flow lies the many ships of the German navy scuttled in June 1919. Some were salvaged but many are still down there. Also worth a visit are the block ships in Burra Sound. These are shallower and make perfect second dives.German ships: the Brummer, the Koln, the Dresden, the Kronprinz Wilhelm, the Markgraf, the Karlsruhe.Dry...more
Standing across Palace Road from the Cathedral are the Bishop and Earl’s Palaces. Such style and grandeur implies an interesting story.Hailed as "the finest example of French Renaissance architecture in Scotland", the Earl's Palace is a piece of architectural brilliance. It stands two stories high in "L" formation. The ground floor contains massive...more
St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall is the most northerly in Britain. Impressive when viewed from outside it is more magnificent inside. It appears larger than is the case. Following extensions over the centuries, Romanesque, Transitional and Gothic styles blend in patterned arches, ogives and pillars made of red and yellow sandstone. Despite the cold...more
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