Museum exhibition highlights Orkney boats

The latest exhibition in Orkney highlights the importance of the small fishing boat to the Orkney community.

A lobster fisherman in Kirkwall

A lobster fisherman in Kirkwall

‘Salt in the Blood: Orkney and the Sea’ looks at the role of small, traditional boats around Orkney through first-hand accounts from the people who used them.

The exhibition, at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall, runs throughout the summer.

The Museum’s Exhibitions Officer, Tom Muir, who compiled the exhibition, said:  “Small boats were the cars and vans for a previous generation, so it was important to get a flavour of that across to our visitors”.

Boats on display

Text from the book ‘Orkney and the Sea’ is complimented by photos from the Orkney Library and Archive.

Some of the images, taken in the days before ‘health and safety’, show not only cattle being loaded into small boats, but even cars, vans and a tractor.

A model of the Longhope Lifeboat, ‘Thomas McCunn’ (1933-62), will be on display, as well as brass and copper navigational buoys, fishing and other sailing memorabilia.

The exhibition also showcases the strength and versatility of the Orkney Yole. This boat is known by many to be a workhorse of the sea.

Further details

‘Salt in the Blood: Orkney and the Sea’ runs from May to September 2011.

The Orkney Museum is open Monday – Saturday, 10.30 – 5.00, admission is free.

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