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Maritime

Orkney has a long history with the sea, mainly concentrated around Stromness.  Find out about our connection through our maritime gallery. 

Tin Fiddle
Tin Fiddle
Made by James Scarth Foubister, Deerness, after his own was smashed at sea.

We're not entirely sure the 'tone' of this fiddle will be very sweet.
Brass Lighthouse Ornaments
Brass Lighthouse Ornaments
A pair of winged brass trumpeters. The original decorative fittings from Hoy Low Lighthouse, Graemsay, one of two Stevenson lighthouses on the island. 10.25 inches.
Helmsman's Traverse board
Helmsman's Traverse board
The helmsman could peg his run on any direction of the wind every half hour to record his position. Length 13 inches.
Ship's Bell
Ship's Bell
A ship's bell inscribed SS St Ola 1892 Aberdeen.
Monogrammed Dinner Plante
Monogrammed Dinner Plante
Northern Lighthouse Board dinner plate with NLB emblem at centre; from Hoy Low lighthouse, Graemsay.
Oil Painting - Roslin Castle
Oil Painting - Roslin Castle
Oil painting of ship Roslin Castle in a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, October 1876. Commissioned by Captain Robert 'Jock' Sutherland, master of the ship.
Oil Painting - Longhope Lifeboat
Oil Painting - Longhope Lifeboat
An oil painting of the attempted rescue of the Stromness fishing boat MFV Desire by the Longhope Lifeboat T.G.B. off Hoy. 27th May 1963. It was painted by Harry Berry.
MS Harmony
MS Harmony
Oil painting of the Mission ship Harmony. The Moravian Brethren Society for the Furtherance of the Gospel established a mission in Labrador in 1769. Their ships called at Stromness each summer en-route from London to Labrador and many Orcadians served as crew members.
Lighthouse Lens
Lighthouse Lens
The original catadioptric lighthouse lens from Hoy Low lighthouse in Graemsay. 1851.
Daniel Defoe's book 'An Account...'
Daniel Defoe's book 'An Account...'
Book by Daniel Defoe, c1726. An Account of the Conduct and Proceedings of the late John Gow alias Smith, Captain of the late Pirates, Executed for Murther and Piracy Committed on board the George Gally, aftewards call'd the Revenge; with A Relation of all the horrid Murthers they committed in cold Blood; as also of their being taken at the Islands of Orkney, and sent up Prisoners to London.
The Society reprinted a limited edition facsimilie copy of this volume, some copies of which are still available in the Museum. Contact us for information.
Chronometer
Chronometer
The chronometer from Sule Skerry lighthouse, our most remote island, 40 miles to our west.
NLB Plaque
NLB Plaque
Northern Lighthouse Board blue plaque. Inscription on the outer rim Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses 1786. On the ribbon above the lighthouse is the Latin inscription IN SALUTEM OMNIUM (for the safety of all).
Telescope
Telescope
Brass, leatherbound telescope engraved ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION 1867. It was used on the first Stromness Lifeboat Saltaire. It is in a wooden case with a hinged lid.
Naval Cutlass
Naval Cutlass
A naval cutlass with brass ornamental hilt and steel blade. It belonged to George Stewart of Massater who sailed as a midshipman on the HMS Bounty expedition of 1787.
Chamber Pot
Chamber Pot
White ceramic (Ironstone) chamber pot, or chanty, with the emblem of the North of Scotland Orkney and Shetland Shipping Company Ltd.
Oil Painting - Norwegian Whalers
Oil Painting - Norwegian Whalers
An oil painting by Stromness artist Ian MacInnes showing Norwegian whalers in Stromness Harbour.
Commemorative Bowl
Commemorative Bowl
A porcelain bowl inscribed Capt. A Rousey The Isabella of Stromness. Captain Rousay commissioned two punch bowls in Denmark to celebrate his trading vessels Isabella and Annie. Diameter 280mm, height 80 mm.
Watercolour - Maggie
Watercolour - Maggie
Watercolour of the trading schooner Maggie of Stromness, owned by J A Shearer and Son.