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15 July 2011
History of Kirkwall Pier

For Tall Ships Weekend, Orkney Heritage Society in conjunction with Orkney Archive has prepared a small exhibition about the history of Kirkwall Pier which is 200 years old this year. Thomas Telford prepared the original designs for the Pier and the display which will be on show at the Pier has extracts from original documents from the Orkney Archive showing the local businessmen who paid for half of the costs of the Pier, Telford's original specifications and how the Pier has developed to the present day. There are also photographs of the Pier in different eras, including one from the 1860's (below). The exhibition will be on show at the Pier over the coming weekend.

Source: Orkney Archive: L826/4   Gift

Kirkwall harbour with Aberdeen Steam Company’s boat, the “Prince Consort” arriving (she first arrived in Kirkwall on the 27th March 1858 and lastly in May 1867)