OLD BOATS AND OLDER CARGOES

September 6 → 6:45 pm9:30 pm

Hoy Heritage Centre, Hoy Kirk

Take the 6 pm ferry from Stromness to hear about the traditional boats of Portsoy on the Moray coast, and about ancient Greek navigation.

Portsoy on the Moray Firth is known for its harbour that once shipped Portsoy marble to France and later thrived with herring boats. The boat tradition has led in recent years to its annual Traditional Boat Festival, and regeneration of harbour buildings and the boat building tradition, as Lorna Summers from the festival describes.

Dr Vassilios Spathopoulos tells the story of the 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism, found in an ancient shipwreck off a Greek island, which used bronze gears to predict the position of sun, moon and planets – and eclipses as well – and shows a model of a machine that was in action at the time of Caesar and Cleopatra.

There’s a light supper to start the evening – and admission is free.

And if you want to sample the atmosphere in advance and find out more about Hoy – and Rackwick too – you can see A Hoy and Rackwick Evening which was part of the online 2020 Festival.

 

The ferry departs from Stromness Pier at 6 pm, and then returns from Moaness Pier in Hoy at 10 pm. Bookings are essential in view of much demand: go to Orkney Ferries online or phone 01856 872044.

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