The top photo was taken from a slightly higher level, probably a 2nd floor (UK usage) window instead of the 1st floor balcony of the Stromness Hotel, and earlier on a sunnier day. Other changes include: no cement rendering on the building in the left foreground, a light grey RNLI building at the ben
From North of Scotland, Orkney & Shetland Shipping Company Limited 1955 brochure. The ship is St Ola 2. Five-and-a-half guineas would be the equivalent of £125 or more today. Not a bad price for 3 days all-found.
Part of cover of 44-page book 'The Second St Ola' by Alastair W McRobb 1977. Profile of a vessel that had a warm place in Orcadian hearts, plying the Pentland Firth 1951-1975. Still arouses nostalgia, though none of us would wish to go back to the days of loading our cars on one at a time by crane.