TO SAVE LIVES AT SEA

September 11 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Through storm and darkness, waves and reefs, the lifeboats have answered the call of the maroons for 200 years. Over that time, their form has evolved from open cobles to today’s rugged boats.

Naval architect Dennis Davidson and former seaman Len Wilson look back to the earliest designs, in the days before the RNLI, and then the seagoing disasters around the UK coast that led to the institution’s founding in 1824. They describe the establishment of the Orkney stations, with the first at Stromness in 1867, and tell of the men who crewed the boats and some of the hazardous and daring service they provided.

The photos shown here include the first Stromness lifeboat, the Saltaire, launching at Ness in 1867. Stromness was the first station to receive the later Barnett 51 motor lifeboat, the JJKSW. The old and the new could be seen in Stromness harbour in 2017.

BUFFET LUNCH OF ORKNEY FARE
KELVIN AND THE CABLES

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